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A News Magazine published 

by Governor Dummer Academy 

SPRING 1992 


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Reception, the home of Mr. and Mrs. David 
Mahoney P'85, Hampton, NH 

April 29 

Reception, the home of Robert and Diana Gould 
P'95, Andover, MA 

May 1 

Art Exhibition: Rosalyn Weene, Kaiser Visual 
Arts Center 

May 1 - June 14 
May 1 

Reception, the home of Dan and Kathleen Hourihan 
79, Portland, ME 

May 5 

Allies Golf Tournament 

May 11 

The Academy Players presentation, Thompson 
Performing Arts Center 

May 15, 16 

Reception, home of Nancy and Tom Larsen '54, 
Weston, MA 

May 21 

Fine Arts Concert, Thompson Performing 
Arts Center 

May 29 

Alumni Spring Games 

May 30 

229th Commencement 

June 4 and 5 

Reunion '92 

June 12, 13 and 14 

Alumni Council Hosts GDA Day at Fenway 

June 17 



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SPRING 1992 

The Physics of Toys 9 

by Karen Bouffard 

Ever wonder what makes the Drinking Bird drink, 
the Twirly Tune sound and other desktop toys 
work? GDA Science Master Karen Bouffard 
explains in this excerpt from her forthcoming 
book called The Physics of Toys. 

". . . Add Women and Stir" 11 

by Julia L. Duff '80 

There's more to going coeducational than meets 
the eye, according to alumna Julia L. Duff '80, 
who remembers the end of the second decade of 
coeducation at GDA. Now a doctoral candidate 
in the field of education, she looks at the ground 
the Academy has covered . . . and the future that 
lies ahead. This is the third in a continuing series 
celebrating the twentieth anniversary of women 
at GDA. 

Bidding Farewell to 
Two New Old Guardsmen 


Archon Profile 

As the Academy prepares for the retirement of 
masters David Williams and Bill Sperry after a 
combined 79 teacher years, a few of their students 
wax nostalgic and sing their praises in a 
heartfelt send-off. 

Reunion '92: Recollections 13 

Just in case you've forgotten a few things about 
your Class and times, here's a primer. Read it 
well, though; you'll be tested on this material 
on June 12, 13 and 14. 

"A Landslide of British Proportions" 7 

Archon Profile 

British M.P David J.R Martin '64, recently re-elected 
by the narrowest of margins, provides us with his 
view of U.K., world and American politics from the 
far side of the pond. 

On the cover: 

Retiring New Old Guardsmen 
David Williams (left) and Bill Sperry 
pose for one last official photograph 
together. (Photograph by David 


Class Notes 27 

From the Alumni Council 44 

Headmaster's Message 3 

Letters 2 

Milestones 26 

On Campus 4 

Sports 21 

The Archon is printed on recycled paper. 


April 7, 1992 

Wow! Has GDA changed since 1985. 
Granted it's been seven years, but so much is 
new. It's also a little strange being on the 
"inside." I'm back at GDA working in the 
Development and Alumni/ae Affairs Office. 
This is a new challenge for me but so far has 
proved to be within my abilities and previous 
experience. I was asked to come in when Stu 
Chase left for Colby-Sawyer College in New 
Hampshire. My duties have, so far, required 
me to meet with many of the younger class 
agents, as well as pick up the planning of 
many of the events, such as Grandparents' 
Day, phonathons, area receptions, Spring 
Alumni/ae Sports Day, and parts of Reunion 
'92. While I've managed to keep very busy 
with my new job, I can't help but notice how 
"new" GDA feels. 

There are many physical changes to the 
campus. The Governor Dummer signs on 
Route 1 and on Elm Street. The stonework 
around the sign where Middle Road and Elm 
Street intersect. The new dormitory between 
Cottage and Boynton. The construction of the 
field house. The patio in front of Phillips. The 
computer centers. The hockey rink. It's hard 
to look back and see how much I took for 
granted while I was here. The campus has 
become even more beautiful since the Spring 
of 1985. 

The nicest part of returning to GDA has 
been "meeting" the faculty. There are so many 
new faces. There are so many faces that are 
still here! It was a bit intimidating at first to sit 
down to lunch with my former teachers. 
Everyone remembers me! (I'm not sure if 
that's good or bad!?!) All the new faces want 
to meet me. The students keep calling me Mr. 
Pollock. Who is this guy? Does he look like me? 

I am sorry to hear that Dave Williams 
and Bill Sperry are retiring this Spring. (Dave 
and Bill— I didn't even know they had first 
names when I was here!) I remember AP U.S. 
History with Mr. Sperry. The single reason I 
took East Asian History was because Mr. 
Williams taught the course. I ate sushi for the 
first, and last, time with his class. I still gag at 
the thought, but he showed us that we must try 
new things. These two masters made me think. 
It is because of these two that I prefer the term 
"master" to teacher. They have mastered their 
areas of expertise. They never seemed to 
"teach" their courses. They "shared" their 
knowledge with their classes. It made for more 
interesting classes (at least for me). 

The past has been very good to GDA. 
The future is going to be even better. Over the 
past month that I've been back on campus, I've 
learned how GDA is pro-actively positioning 
itself as a leader in the education of students 
and faculty alike. As an alum, I'm very proud 
that GDA has developed programs like Science 

2000 and Square One to redefine education 
for the '90s and the 20th century. As a 
member of the GDA community, I can't help 
but get caught up in the excitement of the 
changes that these and other programs are 


Quinn Pollock '85 
Hamilton, MA 

April 25, 1992 

I would like to congratulate the Square 
One Committee for their cutting edge work in 
education. At Wellesley College I studied the 
education system in the United States, and I 
agree that reform is essential. However, to 
realize change is always a bold challenge. I am 
excited that Governor Dummer is ready to take 
on this challenge. 

Reading the report also made me very 
proud of my alma mater because I sensed 
intense concern for the future of the Academy 
and its students. The plan for continual eval- 
uation is one symbol of commitment to 
improving the quality of education at Governor 
Dummer. I wish you the best of luck imple- 
menting this fantastic reform plan. I am 
looking forward to hearing great outcomes! 


Anita Russo Bartschat '87 
Stamford, CT 

Editor's Note 

Mas-ter, noun. [Middle English, 
maister, meister; Old French, maistre, 
master, from Latin magister, master, chief, 
head, from root of magnus, great.] 1 

In 1763, a American tradition was 
born with the founding of Governor 
Dummer Academy. It was the tradition of 
the New England independent school, and 
from it sprang a number of other significant 
traditions, including the Academy's 
"tradition of the master." From our first 
preceptor, Master Moody, to our youngest 
faculty member, the title master has been 
conferred on the Academy's teachers to 
recognize their unique contributions to the 
ideals of education. 

As Webster's definition indicates, 
master has carried a connotation of 
greatness from its earliest derivation, and 
that is the context in which the Academy 
always has used it. However, criticism from 
some estimable quarters at GDA lately has 
surfaced regarding the word. It seems that 
it has, for some, assumed negative 
associations. As a result of Western society's 
having been prevailingly patriarchal, some 
people today feel that the word master 

refers exclusively to men; therefore they 
assume that it — and anyone who uses it — 
is sexist. I happen to disagree. 

As we use the word master, we refer 
to the men and women of Governor 
Dummer Academy's faculty who have 
mastered their areas of expertise, are 
masterful in their methods of conveying 
information and enable students to attain a 
mastery of various subjects. Unlike the word 
"mistress," once conceived as a polite 
counterpart to master and now discarded 
largely because of its untoward connota- 
tions, master retains a definite utility. 

Rather than surrender a perfectly 
good word — and tradition — in recogni- 
tion of the existence of sexism, I would 
suggest retaining the word and rectifying 
the deeper issue: sexism itself. After all, is a 
person who uses the word master to de- 
scribe a female faculty member necessarily 
sexist? Or is a person sexist because he or 
she assumes the gender of that faculty 
member to be male? According to that 
logic, we should discard the word editor, for 
example, just because editors have been 
predominantly male. 

From my perspective, it makes far 
more sense to use the word — and use it 

loudly and often — without regard to gen- 
der in order to expand its meaning, rather 
than contract the language to assuage a 
misplaced sense of social outrage. Eventu- 
ally, as we work to educate the unenlight- 
ened and make society itself more equita- 
ble, the word will evolve to become neuter. 

So let us continue to have masters at 
Governor Dummer and master's degrees and 
mastery and all the rest, because changing 
the word to some supposedly genderless and 
equitable euphemism does little to address 
the problem; such a change would be 
tantamount to touching up one's X-rays. 

If you have some thoughts about this, 
as I expect many of you will, please feel free 
to write and express them. We're always 
looking for interesting letters for this page. 

New Face 

Speaking of editors, a new name 
appears on our masthead with this issue of 
The Archon. It is that of Assistant Editor 
Amy F Mack '87, who has joined the 
Academy's Communications Office. Ms. 
Mack, who also is busily working on her 
class' reunion plans, is a 1991 graduate of 
Skidmore College. - DLB 

1 Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Second 
Edition, 1983. 

2 The Archon - Spring 1992 

Headmaster's Message 



Peter W. Bragdon, Headmaster 


David L. Bergmann 70 

Assistant Editor 
Amy F. Mack '87 

William Lane 

Director of Alumni Affairs 
Michael A. Heel 

Archon Advisory Board 
Bennett H. Beach '67 
John H. Costello. Jr. P'89 
Henry' B. Eaton 70 
John P. English '28 
S. Joseph Hoffman P'83 
W. Newton Lamson II '58 
John S. Mercer '64 
Christopher M. Pope '65 
Abigail M. Woodbury 79 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. '55, President 

Richard B. Osgood '53 P'85 '88, Vice President 

William B. Ardiff '55, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69. Treasurer 

William L. Alfond '67 

Elaine F. D'Orio P'88 

Shirley S. French P76 

Mirick Friend '59 

Michael E. Hoover 71 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62 

George D. Kirkham '51 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91'93 

George E. McGregor, Jr. '51 

Daniel M. Morgan '67 P'92 

Dodge D. Morgan '50 

William R. Plumer '53 

Jonathan S. Shafmaster '63, P'90 

John M. Timken, Jr. '69 

Courtney S. Wang 74 

Josiah H. Welch '47, P'80 '83 

Frederic B. Withington 

Alumni Trustee 
Timothy G. Greene 


Alumni Council 
John S. Mercer '64. President 
William B. Tobey 70, Secretary 
Deborah E. Adams 74 
Peter Arnold. Jr. 74 
Benjamin B. Brewster '43 
Peter T. Butler '62 
Richard D. Cousins '45 
Henry B. Eaton 70 
John P. English '28 
Karen A. Gronberg '83 
Ralph F. Johnson. Jr. '64 
Martha A. Lawlor '82 
Howard J. Navins '31 
Brian Noyes 76 
Kathryn A. O'Leary '81 
George L. Richards III 77 
Peter F. Richardson 75 
Arthur H. Veasey III '68 

The Archon is published three times a year (Fall, 
Winter and Spring) by Governor Dummer Academy, 
Byfield, Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: 508/465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, parents and friends 
of the Academy. 


teacher affects eternity; he 
can never tell where his influence stops." 

This statement by the great Harvard 
professor Henry Adams captures the 79 
years of service provided by Bill Sperry and 
David Williams to the students of Governor 
Dummer Academy. It is fitting that we 
consider it now as these two men, who are 
among the Academy's most prized teachers 
— and members of the New Old Guard — 
are preparing to retire this spring. It is 
indeed unfortunate that the word "dedica- 
ted" has, through overuse, become so trite 
and yet so expected when taking account of 
such people, because it describes both Bill 
and Dave so well. 

They will be leaving us in June. Bill's 
moving description of Pickett's Charge, and 
David's pointed, 'Are you okay?" will be 
gone. Bill's intense concern for exactitude 
and David's spirituality will be gone. Bill's 
supportive motivation on the running track 
and David's intense determination on the 
basketball court will be gone. Marty will be 
gone. Connie will be gone. 

Or will they? Will they really be gone 
after June? Is Bill Jacob's gentle touch in 
Latin gone forever, or Mac Murphy's 
brilliance, or Art Sager's exuberance? The 
stories of Buster Navins, told over and over, 
still enjoyable — are they forever lost? I do 
not think so. Last week, Put Flint '37 
flushed with emotion as he described Bill 
Jacob's concern for a lost boy who cared 
more about George Adams' bees than 
Latin, which was difficult for his dyslectic 
charge. Gone? Not for Put Flint, even 54 
years later. 

Will any former student or colleague 
be able to walk through Frost without 
hearing Bill discuss the intricacies of the 
Civil War, or David wrestling with students 
over some current social issue? Gone? I 
would suggest that these two teachers are 
more a part of graduates' lives now than 
they ever were, now as the lessons of these 
great teachers are absorbed. 

The strength of Professor Adams' 
observation is that the contributions of 
great teachers are not limited by time. All 
encounters with such teachers produce 
permanent impressions because of their 
commitments to truth and intellectual 
curiosity. Theirs are the lessons that, tested 
over time, retain their validity. 

A walk through Governor Dummer 
Academy is a walk beside Master Moody, 
our first preceptor; with Jacob, Sager and 
Navins, Murphy, Witherspoon and Stone, 
Dunning, Cobb, Ohrn, Evans, Miller and all 
the other greats whose voices echo still 
within the important spaces of this campus. 
With their retirements, Bill and Dave are 
taking their rightful places among those 

The article in this issue about Dave 
and Bill provides glimpses of both men's 
careers at GDA from the perspective of 
their most important contributions: the 
students they have taught. The fact that 
those alumni offered their observations, 
anecdotes and praise for this issue speaks 
of more than longevity alone, for nearly 
anyone could have found ways to remain in 
a job for as many years as Bill and Dave. It 
speaks, rather, of how these two men spent 
those many years, of the quality they 
brought to their tasks, the selflessness of 
their contributions and their inestimable 
conscience and caring that molded this 

As I see it, there have been only two 
groups of students at Governor Dummer 
Academy during the last 40 years or so: 
those who were lucky enough to have 
shared classrooms and playing fields with 
Bill Sperry and Dave Williams, and those 
who wish they had. On behalf of the entire 
Governor Dummer Academy community, 
which comprises both groups, I extend to 
both Bill and Dave our enduring gratitude. 


Peter W. Bragdon, Headmaster 

The Archon - Spring 1992 3 

On Campus 

Field House to be Dedicated 

The Academy's Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. 
Field House, which currently is nearing 
completion, will be dedicated officially on Parents 
Weekend, 1992, Headmaster Peter W. Bragdon 
has announced. 

The new 48,000-square-foot facility, housing 
a track, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, 
locker rooms and offices, is being named to honor 
"Skip" Pescosolido '55, who is GDA's Board of 
Trustees president and one of the Academy's all- 
time top athletes. 

Dedication ceremonies for the field house 
are planned for Parents' Weekend, which will be 
October 16 and 17. 

New Dorm Dedication Set 

The "New Dorm," designated as such since 
its completion in 1989, will be dedicated to the 
memory of Nannie B. Phillips, the wife of one of 
GDA's greatest benefactors, during Reunion '92. 

The Academy's Board of Trustees voted last 
May to name the dormitory for Mrs. Phillips, the 
late wife of James Duncan Phillips, who served as 
a GDA trustee for 30 years — 20 of them as 
board president. It was Mr. Phillips who donated 
the funds to build GDA's Duncan House dormitory 
(now the Duncan Health Center), which was 
named for his maternal grandfather. In 1944. the 
Academy's trustees voted to name the then-new 
administration and dining hall building in Phillips' 

To Be Dedicated: The Academy's Nannie B. 
Phillips Dormitory will be dedicated on Reunion 
Weekend in June. 

When Phillips died, he left a will creating 
four trusts to be managed by independent 
trustees. The trusts were designed to benefit 
(1) Governor Dummer Academy, (2) the Essex 
Institute (an historical society in Salem, MA), 
(3) Harvard College and (4) several individuals. A 
stipulation in the will ordered that Governor 
Dummer Academy inherit the remaining monies 
in the individuals' trust upon the last survivor's 

Upon investigation, Josiah H. Welch of 
Newburyport, a trustee of both Governor Dummer 
Academy and the James Duncan Phillips 
Foundation, found that the annuity fund, today 
estimated at $6 million, was supporting one last 
survivor, Mrs. Freda May Borden of Montpelier, 
VT Welch was unable to reach Mrs. Borden, who 
is 94, but spoke instead to her daughter, Mrs. 
Bettina Dodson, 72. 

4 The Archon - Spring 1992 

Welch, in accordance with the other GDA 
and foundation trustees, constructed an agree- 
ment with Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Dodson by 
which the elder woman would receive a 
guaranteed annuity for ten years at double her 
current monthly amount. In return, Governor 
Dummer Academy, with the consent of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, became the 
trust's beneficiary. 

Phillips, whose will has provided the 
Academy with some $8.7 million, stipulated that 
the funds should be used "for the erection of a 
chapel to be named after my wife ..." Since 
Governor Dummer Academy already has a chapel, 
completed in 1964, the Trustees voted (with the 
courts' approval) to use a portion of the Phillips 
funds for the new dormitory. 

"What better way to spend Mr. Phillips' gift 
to us than this beautiful new dormitory," Welch 
told the GDA board. "And how appropriate," he 
added, "that we should name this dormitory after 
his wife Nannie, as he requested." 

Parents Fund Reaches for Record 

The GDA Parents Fund is $2,000 away 
from setting a new record and only $3,000 shy of 
a "magic" $100,000 level, according to Fund 
Chairman Paul King, who says he is "extremely 
pleased" with the results so far. 

To date, parent participation is running at 
about 75 percent, which King says is well ahead 
of last year's pace. He notes, however, that many 
parents continue to have pledges outstanding, and 
encourages them to fulfill them before the June 
30 Parents Fund deadline. 

The Parents Fund represents a significant 
portion of the Annual Fund, which has a goal for 
this year of $650,000. The Parents Fund goal is 

Senior Parents Fund Lags 

Chairman Paul Montminy reports that 
the Senior Parents Fund has received cash and 
pledges totalling $65,000 toward its $125,000 

"If we are to reach our goal by June 30," 
he says, "it is imperative that all senior parents 
participate and make their commitments as soon 
as possible." Participation currently is running at 
about 68 percent, says Montminy, adding that he 
expects that figure to increase substantially. 

The Senior Parents Fund this year is 
dedicated to the endowment of a scholarship for a 
worthy Governor Dummer student. 

GDA Chosen for SAT "Field Trials" 

Approximately 95 Governor Dummer 
Academy students took part in a national event on 
February 26 that will influence millions of their 
peers for years to come: they participated in the 
latest and largest "field trials" designed to revise 
the SAT and other College Board tests. 

According to Educational Testing Service, 
the GDA students were among 257,000 from 
2,400 schools nationwide and abroad who took 
sample two-and-a-half-hour tests. GDA was chosen 
as the only field trial site in Massachusetts. The 
field trials are designed to test "the continued 

usefulness and fairness of these tests in the 
college admissions process," ETS said. 

The tests will "help establish final content, 
timing and statistical specification for the College 
Board's new Preliminary SAT/National Merit 
Scholarship Qualifying Test, SAT-I Reasoning Tests 
and SAT-II Subject Tests (the expanded and re- 
vised Achievement Tests)." 

The College Board reports that a complete- 
ly redesigned SAT will be administered beginning 
in the spring of 1994. 

Former Headmaster: Artist Rosalyn Weene will 
donate her painting of former Headmaster Ted 
Eames to the Academy during her May 1- 
June 14 exhibit at GDA. 

Library Goes Electronic, Expands 

The range and availability of library 
services at Governor Dummer has expanded 
dramatically over the past several months with 
the introduction of a few new state-of-the-art 
electronic systems. 

According to librarian Mary Leary, who 
joined the GDA faculty this year, the use of perio- 
dicals in the library "has increased incredibly" as 
a result of a new high-tech system called Info- 
trak. Currently at GDA for a three-month trial, 
Infotrak is a CD-ROM (or compact disk-based) 
system that allows students to search almost 
instantaneously through hundreds of magazines 
to find articles on specified subjects. The 
personal computer-size system, which fits on a 
small table, offers both citations — which 
students can then find in GDA's collections — 
and 50-line abstracts of articles that have 
appeared in virtually any magazine. 

Leary explains that Infotrak, which re- 
places the often cumbersome Readers' Guide 
books, updates the disk containing the citations 
and abstracts every month, so all the information 
remains current. With each update, the oldest 
magazines are eliminated, so the system always 
contains the last 12 years of periodicals. 

A new microfiche reader and printer com- 
plements the Infotrak system, allowing students to 
find, read and print copies of magazine articles 
quickly and easily. "Eventually, we'll eliminate 
most of the magazines" to which the Academy 
currently subscribes, Leary said, explaining that 
storage of the approximately 125 titles presents an 
increasingly difficult problem. 

Capstone Committee Formed to 
Complete Annual Fund 

Governor Dummer Academy is calling on 
alumni, parents and friends to form a new com- 
mittee that will help boost the Annual Fund to 
its critical $650,000 goal by its June 30 deadline. 

The new Capstone Committee, chaired by 
Stephen B. French 76, had its first meeting 
March 28 in preparation for an intensive two- 
month fundraising effort on behalf of the Annual 
Fund. The 30 members will be calling approxi- 
mately 200 prospective donors who have the 
ability to affect the Academy's future. 

The Committee's formation comes on the 
heels of Development Director Stuart Chase's 
departure from the Academy. Chase, who had 
been GDA's top fund-raiser for 12 years, accepted 
a similar position at Colby-Sawyer College, and 
departed in mid-March. 

As the Academy begins its search for a 
new development director, it has enlisted the 
services of Fred Stott, who was a key consultant 
to GDA's successful $17 million capital campaign. 
Stott will act as counsel to Annual Fund Director 
Michael Heel and the Development Committee, 
chaired by Daniel M. Morgan '67, through June. 

The 1991-92 Annual Fund has received 
gifts and pledges totalling approximately 
$400,000 to date, and therefore must locate 
another $250,000 before June 30 to meet its 
goal. The Annual Fund represents fully 10 
percent of the Academy's annual operating 
budget, underwriting faculty salaries and 
academic programs as well as scholarship aid, 
facilities, student services and athletics. 

Honor Society Names Members 

Thirteen juniors and seniors have been 
appointed to the Governor Dummer Academy 
Honor Society as a result of their achievements 
in extracurricular activities. 

Appointed were Edward Capeless, 
Peter Eliot, Erin Elwell, Deirdre Heersink, Sofia 
Mahari, Christopher Ruggiero, Lisa Widdecke, 
Use Abusamra, Cory Crain, Kristen Hand, 
Andrea Manning, Cara Marcous and Dawn 
Morrill. They join the eight members who were 
appointed during 1991: Kate Atkins, Charisse 
Charley, Ana Garcia, Jacqueline Hogan, Grace 
Jeanes, Jed Murdoch, Mercedes Paul and Brooke 

Nominations are taken from the faculty 
and then voted by the faculty selection commit- 
tee, which consists of Janet Adams-Wall, Lynda 
Bromley, Chris Stowens, Michael Karin, Susan 
Perry and Elaine White. 

Debaters Garner Honors in First 

Governor Dummer Academy student 
Nathan Goldstein earned first place honors in 
the 1992 Public Speaking Tournament at St. 
George's School in Newport, RI, February 23. 

The GDA team as a whole placed third 
out of ten schools competing. 

Goldstein placed first in the Interpretive 
Reading event and was fifth overall in the 
tournament. Nathan is the first student in 25 

Pippin on Campus: Josh Lappin '92, Randall Moore '94 and Robert Clapp '94 star in GDA's production 
of Pippin. 

years to win a debating event for GDA. His win 
in the Interpretive Reading category qualified 
him as a nominee for the World Public Speaking 
Championships at the Aylsbury School outside 
London, England in March. Out of 25 other 
nominees, only eight from New England were 
chosen for the World Competition. 

The Interpretive Reading event requires 
the speaker to chose a piece of poetry or prose 
and speak about the selection as if it were his or 
her own for 7 to 13 minutes. Goldstein, who 
chose the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by 
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., received 98 out of a possible 
100 points — the highest score of the 
tournament — to win the event. Five of the top 
15 finishers — from a field totaling 40 — were 
from GDA. 

The GDA team includes co-captains Nikki 
Holmes '92 and Chris Yeagley '93, Melissa 
Margarones '92, Beau Guyott '93 and David 
Mallov '93. Guyott placed seventh overall and 
Holmes earned eleventh in the tournament. The 
other teams competing included Milton Academy, 
Northfield Mount Hermon, St.Paul's, Belmont 
Hill, Roxbury Latin, St. George's and Kingswood 
Oxford, all of which have well-established debate 
teams. Governor Dummer's team, revived after 25 
years of inactivity, has competed in only two 
tournaments so far this year. 

Innovative Writing Program 
Takes Off 

A new Governor Dummer program is 
facing an age-old challenge — teaching students 
to write — by using state-of-the-art technology 
and fresh ideas. 

The GDA Sophomore Writing Program, 
the brainchild of English masters Edward Rybicki 
and Elaine White, had its infancy with the Aca- 
demy's mathematics computer systems, but 
recently has matured into its own new facilities. 
GDA students returned to campus after spring 
break to find a newly renovated computer class- 
room — specifically designed for the program — 
in the Frost Building. The classroom provides 

the space and facilities students need for the 
innovative writing program first implemented two 
years ago. Along with the use of computers in 
the English classes, the teaching methods in 
those classes has changed to take advantage of 
the opportunities offered by microcomputers. 

Rybicki has long been concerned about 
students' being adequately prepared for the 
writing-intensive courses they will face in college. 
When Rybicki began touring colleges with his 
own children a few years ago, he noticed the 
number of computers colleges have and the 
extent to which students depend on them. Until 
the introduction of SCIENCE 2000 and math 
computer programs, GDA students and teachers 
had little experience with computers. Now, with 
three modern computer facilities on campus, 
they are largely computer literate, but still are 
not necessarily prepared in the word-processing 
skills essential to college-bound students. 

Rybicki also felt that the traditional 
method of teaching English had become out- 
dated. In his view, the students' progress in the 
fundamentals of writing was hindered greatly by 
the teacher's role as a "corrector" and "grader" 
He felt that there was not enough improvement 
from one paper to the next, and that students 
were given little time to improve their papers. As 
soon as a student wrote a paper and received a 
grade and comments, the next paper was due, he 
said, adding that paper writing was done for a 
grade only, and the purpose of writing — getting 
one's point across — was lost. 

An important factor in the evolution of the 
program, Rybicki says, is the Apple Macintosh 
microcomputer system purchased for The 
Governor, the school's student-run newspaper. 
The faculty advisor to The Governor, Rybicki 
says he found that students became increasingly 
involved in the publication of the paper, and the 
articles improved as students became familiar 
with the computer's advantages. 

An assignment for the class begins with 
the students' finding ideas to write about. They 

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On Campus 

may leave the class or talk to one another in 
order to come up with creative topics. Then they 
write their descriptions and read them to the 
class. Other students may then ask questions to 
stimulate discussion and offer opinions on the 
work. Then the student spends time on the 
computer, both alone and with either White or 
Rybicki, implementing the changes the class has 

It is not unusual to see both Rybicki and 
White "team teach" in a given class, helping all 
students. Their classes are active and interactive, 
as opposed to the standard lecture format once 
common to similar classes. Rybicki uses an ex- 
ample from education expert Ted Sizer's descrip- 
tion of what a classroom should be like to de- 
scribe his own: "It is like an architectural firm in 
the last week of a deadline. Everyone needs each 
other's help and is eager to do things right." 
With the computers in the classroom, students 
can work during the class period and produce 
work for immediate critique and improvement. 

GDA's Robinson Wins Globe Award 

Melanie Robinson '92 received first place 
honors in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art 
Awards presented in March. Her untitled work, a 
ceramic bust of an African woman in a turban, 
was on display at the Transportation Museum in 
Boston and is now being judged at the National 
Scholastic Art Awards in New York. The compe- 
tition is administered by the Cultural Education 
Collaborative and sponsored by the Boston 
Globe. The program recognizes creative achieve- 
ment and encourages students to pursue studies 
in the visual arts. 

In May, five GDA students will be taking 
the Advanced Placement exams in visual studies. 
They include seniors Sean Colgate, Christian 
Nielsen, Andre Sheffield, Alison Derderian and 
junior Kristen Hand. 

Allies Golf And Tennis Classic 

The Allies Tenth Annual Golf and Tennis 
Classic is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 
beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Essex County 
Club. The event is the Allies' only opportunity to 
raise money for the Allies Scholarship Fund. 

The basic golf fee is $150 per person, and 
includes lunch, beverages, golf carts, greens fees, 
buffet dinner and prizes. Hole sponsorships are 
$275, and cart sponsors are $200. Both include 
full participation. 

The tennis begins at 2:00 p.m and costs 
$100 for participation, which includes everything 
but lunch. Court sponsorship is $50 for non- 
participants. For further information and 
reservations, contact Andrea Holbrook at 
508/685-6957 or Diana Gould at 508/689-2804. 

GDA Summer Program Begins 
in July 

The Governor Dummer Academy Summer 
Program in the Arts, the Academy's first program 
of its kind, will be launched this July. 

The first year's offerings will include 
workshops for ceramics, photography, painting 

6 The Archon - Spring 1992 

and drawing, sculpting, dance and drama and 
computer art have been scheduled for various 
sessions during July. 

GDA arts faculty members Irina Okula, Ila 
Prouty and Fontaine Dollas Dubus are among 
the instructors for the courses that are being 
offered in both boarding and day programs. 

The GDA Summer Program is expected 
to be complemented in future years with addi- 
tional offerings in arts and academic subjects 
including music, writing, science, language and 
other subjects. 

For further information on course content, 
admissions, fees and schedules, contact Summer 
Programs Administrator Linda Thomson at 

Olympians Celebrated: Old Guardsman and 
former Olympic javelin-thrower Art Sager joins 
Headmaster Peter Bragdon at a recent tribute to 
Olympic Champions. The event's guest of honor 
was Dan Hanley '35, chief physician to the U.S. 
Olympic team since 1960. 

Students Selected for Young 
Poet's Festival 

Four Governor Dummer students have 
been selected to represent the Academy and read 
their poems at the Young Poet's Festival at St. 
Paul's School on April 23. 

Richard Dailey '95, Nathan Goldstein '93, 
Emily Keaney '92, Jennifer Noon '92 and Juan 
Lopez '94 have been chosen by the GDA English 
faculty to present their work at the Festival. The 
students will present their poems to three 
professional poets, including Robert Cording, a 
professor at Holy Cross and the author of two 
volumes of poetry; Thylias Moss, a visiting 
professor at the University of New Hampshire 
and a former teacher at Phillips Academy; and 
Bruce Smith, writer-in-residence at Phillips 
Academy at Andover and the author of two 
books. They will conduct a poetry workshop for 
the students after the competition. 

Other schools participating in the Festival 
include Groton, Dana Hall, Andover, Exeter, 
Milton and Northfield-Mount Hermon. 

Bouffard Wins Presidential 

Science master Karen Bouffard has been 
nominated for a special Presidential Award, 
sponsored by the American Association for the 
Advancement of the Arts, the National Science 
Foundation and the National Science Teachers 

One of three Massachusetts science teach- 
ers nominated, Bouffard is being judged on her 
educational background, the programs she has 
developed and the workshops she has conducted 
around the U.S. If she wins the award, she will 
be flown to Washington, D.C. for a dinner with 
President Bush and winners from other states. 
The Academy also would receive a $7,500 prize. 

The 1992 nomination marks Bouffard's 
third nomination for the Presidential Award, 
and everyone at GDA is hoping that three's 
the charm! 

GDA Students "Adopt-A-Beach" 

Six Governor Dummer students joined 
other area volunteers in an effort to clean up 
environmentally unsafe garbage on Plum Island 
March 29. 

Accompanied by biology master Sarah 
Southam, Sam Nickerson '92, Amity Jeanes '93, 
Yesenia Ayala '94, Angel Talavera '95, Gustav 
Mergins '92 and Kate Atkins '92 joined 60 
volunteers from Massachusetts and New 
Hampshire for the afternoon of beach cleaning 
on Plum Island. Students were given large plastic 
bags and latex gloves for use during the four 
hours spent on the beach. According to students 
who attended the October clean-up session, 
Plum Island was considerably cleaner in March. 
No toxic debris was found, they said. 

The group was organized by the Parker 
River National Wildlife Refuge's "Coastsweep" 
program, which with 4,200 volunteers, has 
picked up 32 tons of garbage in 1990. 

'91 Reunion: Class of '91 members Leah 
Colangelo, Leslie McCant and Cathy Burgess at 
Boston University's indoor track. 

GDA Provides Marathon Assistance 

Sixteen GDA students and three faculty 
members volunteered again this year to assist the 
Boston Athletic Association in organizing the 
world famous Boston Marathon in April. 

The crew, under the direction of faculty 
members David Abusamra, Jeff Kelly and David 
Van Ness, left campus at 7:15 a.m. to spend a full 
day preparing the marathon course that ends at 
Boston's Prudential Center. In return for their 
efforts, each of the volunteers received a Boston 
Marathon jacket. 

Students volunteering included Use 
Abusamra, Jon Stetier, Karen Filip, Dawn Morrill, 
Angela Ives, Saiyid Brent, Hoyt Morgan, Nancy 
Stevenson, Josh Pike, Imani Butler, Laura 
Baptiste, Kristen Jule, Angel Talavera, Dart 
Rocha, Joe Laurano and Cory Crain. pga 






David IP. Martin '64 


'omeone once opined that the 
U.S. and the U.K. were the world's only two 
countries "divided by a common language." 
It stands to reason, then, that the word "land- 
slide," used in a political context, might be 
read differently on opposite sides of the 

David J.P. Martin '64 made that 
eminently clear recently as he described his 
re-election to Parliament by a scant 242 votes. 
"It was a landslide of British proportions," he 
said wryly, noting that, in an election that 
threatened certain defeat for Britain's Con- 
servative Party, his was a significant victory. 
Indeed, Martin's margin of victory was some 
37 votes larger in this election than that of his 
previous election, which first brought him to 
Parliament in 1987. 

Conservative Martin was returned to 
Parliament in the April 9 election with the 
approval of 22,798 voters from Britain's 
Portsmouth South district, edging out his 
Liberal Party opponent, who collected 22,556 
votes. The mixed-demographic district, which 
centers on the city of Portsmouth and 
surrounding coastal resort communities, 
produced only 7,857 votes for the Labour 
Party, 345 for the Green Party and 91 for the 
Natural Law Party. In all, the voter turnout 
was 69.1 percent — consistent with the 
election's national figures. 

Martin serves as Parliament Private 
Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, a position 
roughly eqivalent to that of a U.S. deputy 
secretary of state and a U.S. Congressman 
combined. Having served under Foreign 
Secretary Douglas Hurd, a veteran of both 
Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's 
administration, Martin is expected to be re- 
confirmed to his post soon, since that process 
is seen as a mere formality. 

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The Archon - Spring 1992 7 

continued from page 7 

Martin's responsibilities involve keeping 
Hurd in touch with Parliament, he says. "I 
make sure he knows their fears, as well as 
their congratulations. I am responsible for 
telling him their feelings on whether foreign 
affairs are going well or poorly." While Martin 
is primarly concerned with domestic matters, 
he traveled to the U.S. in September, 1991, to 
attend the 46th opening of the United Nations 
in New York. That trip marked the first time 
he had visited the States since his graduation 
from Governor Dummer. 

Prepared for Parliament by his oratory 
ability, Martin won an Ambrose Speaking 
Award at GDA's 1964 Commencement. He was 
graduated from Cambridge in 1967 with a law 
degree, and married his wife Basia in 1977. 
Now the father of four children (Naomi 13; 
Francesca, 10; Charis, 9; and Henry, 6), 
Martin says he entered politics in his native 
Devon in 1982 as a local councillor. He notes 
— and his classmates may corroborate this 
fact — that he has "always been involved in 
politics." Having a father who had been 
similarly involved also had an impact, he adds. 

Martin says he remembers "one 
outstanding feature" about Governor Dummer: 

"This is not the era for being 
left of center. There are certain 
philosophies that all nations of the 
world seem to be following. We 
must earn the money before we 
spend it. We must have fairness in 
taxation. The main issues are not 
about care and compassion, but 
rather about having the economic 
basis for doing good." 

"the friendliness of the school, the students, 
the faculty and the parents. Everyone seemed 
to care." Citing the importance of masters 
including Art Sager and John Witherspoon 
and Headmaster Val Wilkie, Martin says "Mac 
Murphy was my English teacher; he was the 
most influential teacher for me academically. 
Mr. Mercer, who was my hall master, was very 
influential upon me in a personal sense. I 
remember that all the masters were just very 
good," he adds. 

Asked for his perspective on U.S. poli- 
tics, Martin avers, "I have absolutely no doubt 
whatever that President Bush — barring per- 
sonal accident — will be reelected. It's the 
best money in the world," he adds, referring to 
the surety of a wager on the Republicans and 
the British propensity for betting on elections. 
"This is not the era for being left of center. 
There are certain philosophies that all nations 
of the world seem to be following. We must 
earn the money before we spend it. We must 
have fairness in taxation. The main issues are 

David Martin's narrow re-election 
to the British Parliament represents far 
greater importance to the Conservative 
government of John Major than simply 
a seat in the legislature. 

Under the British parliamentary 
system, control of the executive branch 
of the government depends directly 
upon the results of legislative elections. 
Whereas the American people vote 
separately for the President and for 
Congress, citizens of the United King- 
dom choose only members of Parlia- 
ment. The Prime Minister is then 
chosen by the party or group of parties 
holding a majority the House of 
Commons seats. 

Since Britain's House of Com- 
mons is composed of 650 seats, one 
party must win 326 seats to hold a 
majority and elect a Prime Minister. If 
no party succeeds in attaining the 
necessary 326-seat majority, then either 
a coalition government of two or more 
parties must form, or a new election 
must be held. This year, with the 
United Kingdom in the midst of a harsh 
economic recession, most pollsters 
predicted that no party would win a 
majority of seats in Parliament. 
Martin's victory, and that of some 20 
other Conservative candidates in 
similar high-risk districts, allowed for 
John Major to continue as the Prime 
Minister of Great Britain. 

With the election now over, 
Martin will serve also in his govern- 
ment's executive branch. As Britain's 
chief executive, the Prime Minister 
appoints the other members of the 
executive branch from the body of 
Parliament, usually from members of 
the ruling party. David Martin, upon 
reconfirmation, will serve as the British 
equivalent to the U.S. Deputy Secretary 
of State. 

not about care and compassion, but rather 
about having the economic basis for 
doing good." 

When asked about the changes the 
Major administration will institute, Martin said, 
"I believe that taxation will now be more fair, 
or at least perceived as such." He pointed out 
that the previous poll tax has been replaced, 
and suggested that the tax burden is being 
spread out among more people to become 
more fair. In general, says Martin, Major's gov- 
ernment will build upon Thatcher's work in 
foreign affairs: "Her programs and philoso- 
phies are still being felt, and will be felt into 
the future. The Thatcher era moves on 
because people accept the fundamental 
conservative values she represented." 

While Martin said he believes the Major 
government will have its impact, he does not 
expect it to be a defining administration; just 
as Americans probably will never identify a 
Bush era, per se, Britain will not have Major- 
ism. "Reagan and Thatcher are still domina- 
ting the political scene over the world because 
their policy delivers," says Martin. Asked about 
the rapport between the U.S. and U.K. lead- 
ers, Martin suggested that it is possible that 
Bush and Major will establish a relationship 
similar to that of Reagan and Thatcher. 

"Britain's position within the European 
Economic Community will become much more 
defined under John Major," Martin says, noting 
that — as with Thatcher — the primary con- 
cern is maintaining the country's own national 
identity. Contrary to some countries of the 
EEC, Britain doesn't want nations to be forced 
to subscribe to a common currency. As re- 
gards defense, he says he expects to see "a 
common policy as far as is possible, but there 
still will be difficulties" because "national 
defense issues continue to differ from nation 
to nation in Europe." 

Immigration continues to stir concern in 
Britain, Martin says. As an island nation, it 
can't completely open its doors to its 
neighbors for fear it will be flooded by EEC 
neighbors still suffering from economic 
problems. He also notes that despite that fact 
that the EEC is moving toward a single 
economic market, "It is a mistake to think 
that every barrier between every country will 
be dropped." 

On the unavoidable question regarding 
his political aspirations, Martin says, "I have 
no desire, nor are there any prospects, of my 
becoming Prime Minister, unless, of course, 
there is an earthquake and every other 
member of Parliament is consumed in that 
event, and even then, pending a general 
election of course. It is an error to believe that 
all MPs want to be the Prime Minister/' he 
says, leaving little room for cross-cultural 
misinterpretation. Then, with the dexterity 
required of an able politician from either side 
of the Atlantic, he adds, "If I were asked, 
however, to serve as a Minister of the Govern- 
ment, I believe I would do so in due time." isa 

8 The Archon - Spring 1992 







Karen Bouffard, who joined the GDA science faculty in 1991, unravels 
the mysteries behind common — though often perplexing — toys in her 
soon-to-be-published book, The Physics of Toys. She began the 320-page 
book in 1987, after having collected dozens of interesting toys in conjunction 
with a project for the National Science Foundation. She has presented 
portions of her work, which is designed for both teachers and laymen, 
before the National Physics Teachers Institute and the National Science 
Teachers Association. A past president of the American Association of 
Physics Teachers, Ms. Bouffard was named 1989 Science Teacher of the 
Year by the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association. She is a 1968 
graduate ofDuquesne University, and currently is a candidate for a master's 
in physics education at the University of Massachusetts. And she has a 
wonderful collection of toys. The following is excerpted from The Physics 
of Toys: 



1 low did you do that?" 

"Why does that happea?" 

These questions were the seeds of this 
book. As I travelled across the country 
teaching physics to teachers using toys, I 
suddenly realized that they were the ideal 
medium for sparking curiosity — that won- 
derful quality that begins scientific discovery. 

Our first memorable contact with the 
wonderful world of physics came through 
some out-of-the-ordinary scientific equipment 
— soap bubbles, rattles and balls. As we 
grew older, the complexity of our "instru- 
ments" increased. 

Everyone who has come in contact 
with a Slinky, a kaleidoscope or the appar- 
ent "perpetual motion" toy has wondered at 
their beauty and questioned how they work. 
Rarely does a child disassemble the toys or 
carry out truly scientific investigations with 
them, but through these toys they have be- 
come cognizant of the immutable laws of 
physics that govern the world around them. 
And they can base further interpretations of 
the world's working on these observations. 

Many of these common toys have be- 
come welcome vehicles for instruction in 
physics, literally from the cradle to grave. In 
this book, I discuss a variety of toys, loosely 
divided into general categories based on 
physics principles, and then explain the un- 
derlying concepts. The second half of the 
book, for educators and the inquisitive, con- 
tains lab experiments and demonstrations 
suitable for both classrooms and parties. It is 
the goal of this book to open your eyes to 
physics in the world around you, and prove that 
the "science" is understandable to everyone. 



The Drinking Bird is a childhood toy 
that kept me guessing until I reached the 
university. It disappeared for a long while, 
and now is popular again. This wonderful 
toy tells us a lot about vapor pressure, kinet- 
ic theory and the gas laws. 

Fig. 1 

The "bird" consists of a large bulb, a smaller 
bulb and an internal glass tube connecting 
the two. The smaller bulb on top has a fuz- 
zy coating, "eyes" and a "beak." The larger 
bulb on the bottom contains a colored fluid. 
The "bird" is delicately balanced on a rod 
that allows it to rotate about two large plas- 
tic legs. When the "bird" is sitting in front 
of a glass of water, he will periodically tip to 
"drink" from a glass, and then return to an 
upright position, seemingly until the glass is 

The first clue to the mechanics of the 
bird comes when the instructions tell you to 
wet his fuzzy head before you stand him in 
front of the glass. Now you will notice that 
the fluid is rising in the thin glass tube 
toward the head. As soon as the liquid level 
gets above hip height, the "bird" dunks to 
take a drink. Immediately, he will right him- 
self again and then repeat the cycle. You no- 
tice that while he is drinking, the end of the 
glass tube within the bottom bulb is no 
longer below the fluid level. 

All matter is composed of small parti- 
cles, or molecules, that are in constant mo- 
tion. As the temperature of a liquid rises, the 
molecules gain kinetic energy (energy of mo- 
tion). Those on the air-liquid surface gain 
enough energy to escape their chemical 
bonds and become vapor. Some liquids, such 
as freon — the substance in the "bird," ac- 
cording to its label — will do this at very low 
temperatures. The vapor molecules, having 
gained kinetic energy, continually move, hit- 
ting the sides of the container and surface of 
the liquid, exerting pressure. The more colli- 
sions, the greater the pressure. 

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The Archon - Spring 1992 9 

This mechanism is driven by what is hap- 
pening in the "bird's" head. The water on 
the fuzzy surface evaporates — a physical 
change that requires heat energy. This ener- 
gy comes from the air inside the top bulb. 
As the air in the "head" cools, the 
molecules lose kinetic energy and occupy 
less space, therefore exerting less pressure. 
The vapor pressure in the bottom, being 
greater than that at the top, forces the fluid 
up the tube — an extension of Pascal's Prin- 
ciple: A change in the pressure over a con- 
fined fluid is distributed evenly throughout. 

When the fluid reaches the "bird's" 
hips, he tips over. The effect of this shift in 
his center of mass can be demonstrated 
when you try to hold yourself perfectly 
straight and then lean forward. In normal 
activity, we compensate for this shift by 
pushing our rumps out. As the "bird" 
reaches a horizontal position, the lower end 
of the tube is no longer submerged in the li- 
quid, and the pressure at both ends of the 
tube becomes equalized. At this point, the 
vapor pressure can no longer overcome the 
effect of gravity, and, because the larger bulb 
is heavier, the "bird" tips upright, sending 
the liquid back into the bottom bulb. As 
long as the "bird's" head stays wet, the cycle 
will repeat. 

This toy also demonstrates Boyle's and 
Charles' gas laws, which relate to pressure, 
volume and temperature of gases. Now you 
can experiment by changing some of the 
variables. What would happen if, instead of 
water, the bird "drank" a fluid that 
evaporates more quickly than water? How 
would that affect the frequency of the mo- 
tion? What if you place a fan near the 
"bird's" head? Try it. 



A second toy that has become popular 
on toy shelves everywhere is the "Boogie" or 
"Twirly Tune." This same toy can be made 
from corrugated tubing, such as sump pump 
hose, and works best in diameters up to four 
centimeters and lengths of about one meter. 
The physics principles that make this toy in- 
teresting are not entirely understood. Let's 
observe it. 

You hold one end of the tube station- 
ary and whirl the other open end around 
your head. As you twirl faster, the pitch (fre- 
quency) of the tone rises. You might be 
tempted to think that this is the same princi- 
ple that gives you sound when you blow 

across the top of a partially filled soda bot- 
tle. But blowing across the end does nothing 
for the "Twirly." If you are inventive, take the 
"Twirly" out for a ride on the interstate, 
holding it horizontally out the window. You 
will find that you can attain about 10 
ascending tones, starting at 15 miles per 
hour and increasing in five-mile-per-hour 
steps. (A "quantum" noise tube.) 



Fig. 2 

Evidently, air flowing through the tube 
produces the sound. To test this theory, hold 
some pieces of cut up tissue under the sta- 
tionary end as you twirl; they will be pushed 
up through the hose and randomly scattered 
around your room. This is due to Bernoulli's 
principle which explains that the speed of 
the air around the twirling end lowers the 
air pressure on top, thereby forcing the tis- 
sue up and out. The fact that the tube is 
also corrugated is not incidental, either. As 
the air goes through and bumps into the 
corrugations, turbulent eddies form (such as 
those in a rapidly flowing river). The tube 
then selects five to ten tones to amplify. 
These tones all sound pleasant when played 
together. If you play the tune into an oscillo- 
scope, it will indicates a perfect sine wave 
(Fig.2). Musicians call these "pure tones." 

If you tie a trash bag filled with helium 
over the lower end, the tones you produce 
will be higher, corresponding to the lower 
density of the gas. Originally, it seemed im- 
possible to produce the fundamental fre- 
quency (the lowest frequency at which an 
object vibrates), but Paul Doherty of San 
Francisco's Exploratorium showed me how 
to produce this tone by humming into one 
end and holding the other to my ear. This 
toy also teaches us about standing waves and 

resonance. Sound is a form of energy that 
travels as a wave. Like all waves, sound waves 
are reflected when they hit barriers. Incom- 
ing and outgoing waves "collide" and inter- 
fere, producing areas of loud noise and areas 
with no noise. Air rushing through a tube 
sets up these special waves called standing 
waves. A standing wave can be produced 
only at specific wavelengths of sound, de- 
pending on the sound in air. Zamfir can 
produce haunting melodies on the pan flute, 
which is just a combination of many open- 
ended tubes of varying length. Therefore, the 
length of the whirly tube and the speed of 
the air passing through all partially explain 
the resonances or standings waves at specific 
frequencies (pitches) that we hear. 



The "CEO toy" comes in many forms, 
which you probably have seen on the boss' 
desk. I'm not sure why this has become a 
corporate status symbol. It may be that the 
shiny chrome moving parts and sleek black 
base hint that there just may be a perpetual 
motion machine after all. But the next time 
you want to impress the boss, offer to ex- 
plain the workings of this wonder in terms of 

Fig. 3 

All of these toys have two things in com- 
mon: a shiny metal piece that moves (a top, 
a wheel, some balls) and a sleek, black plas- 
tic base (that appears to be all of one piece). 
On investigation, you find that the metal ob- 
ject is a magnet. "Aha!" you say, "It works 
by magnetism!" But, sorry; if you apply a 
test metal to the base, you will find that it is 
not magnetic. However, if you were to place 
a compass near the base as the wheel is 
moving, you would find that indeed a mag- 
netic field does appear. 

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There's more to going coeducational than meets 
the eye, according to alumna Julia L. Duff '80, 
who remembers the end of the second decade of 
coeducation at GDA. Now a doctoral candidate 
in the field of education, she looks at the ground 
the Academy has covered . . . and the future that 
lies ahead. This is the third in a continuing series 
celebrating the twentieth anniversary of women 
at GDA. 


acuity-student softball games in 
Byfield Bowl ... Mr. Witherspoon singing 
"The Impossible Dream" in chapel at the 
top of his lungs ... Mr. Evans fixing my 
lacrosse stick the night before a big 
game . . . discussions around the seminar 
table in Mr. Rybicki's English class ... Mr. 
Kirkpatrick helping me look for sleigh bells 
I had lost in the snow (which he found long 
after I went home) . . . Herr Guy singing 
"Ich wiinschte ich ware ein Cowboy" in 
German class . . . discovering my bike had 
been hoisted up the flag pole as a birthday 
present from Dave, Gerty and Abner . . . Ms. 
Clark telling me she thought I could make 
the USA Lacrosse Team someday .... 

I carry many wonderful memories with 
me from my years at Governor Dummer. 
More than memories, Governor Dummer in- 
stilled in me a love of learning, showed me 
'the meaning of community, taught me the 
importance of play and demonstrated the 
value of placing an "ethic of care" at the 
heart of one's educational philosophy. It was 
my experience at GDA that led to my 
personal and professional commitment to 
education. Whether teaching, coaching and 
living as a resident advisor at Exeter, design- 
ing a program in "Issues and Values in 
Human Development" at the Castilleja 
School for Girls, working with underprivileg- 
ed students in the Upward Bound Program 
or discussing issues in education as a doc- 
toral student at Stanford, I have drawn from 
what I learned at Governor Dummer. 

". . . Add 




By Julia L. Duff '80 

It has been particularly interesting over 
the past few years, as I have studied issues of 
gender and education at Stanford, to reflect 
back upon my experience as a female stu- 
dent in the first decade of coeducation at 
Governor Dummer. There has been a tre- 
mendous amount of research on coeduca- 
tion in recent years that gives insight into 
the complexity of these issues. Much of this 
research challenges assumptions made by 
educators in the early years of coeducation 
and suggests alternative approaches to ad- 
dressing issues of gender and education. 
While there is much I would like to share 
both from personal experience and from 
what I have learned from recent research, I 
will make three points: (1) the issue of 
coeducation is more problematic than it 
appears; (2) we are moving in the right 
direction; and (3) there is much work to be 

What would it mean for a school to be 
truly coeducational? Does it mean simply 
having boys and girls in classrooms together? 
Hiring women on the faculty as well as men? 
Having the same opportunities available for 
girls and boys? Must it entail equal numbers 
of females and males? Equal numbers of op- 
portunities? Adding women authors to lists of 
required reading? Discussing the role of 
women in history? Or does coeducation 
mean more than this? 

Historically, coeducation has meant 
giving girls and women the same educa- 
tional opportunities as boys and men. The 

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The Archon - Spring 1992 11 

recipe for all-male schools interested in 
becoming coeducational institutions was 
simply "add women and stirJ' The ways 
schools determined whether they were doing 
a good job integrating women and girls was 
to ask themselves questions such as: Are 
girls getting the same opportunities as boys? 
Do they have facilities that are equal to the 
boys' facilities? Are there role models for the 
girls? Although schools rightly continue to 
ask these kinds of questions as they assess 
the success of programs in coeducation, an 
abundance of research indicates that 
coeducation is more complicated than this. 

A 1991 AAUW report shows that, 
despite good intentions on the part of 
school officials and policies to ensure 
equality of opportunity, girls continue to be 
shortchanged in coeducational settings. 
There is still considerable gender-bias in 
school texts and curriculum design, stan- 
dardized tests and student achievement and 
participation. 1 For example, statistics show 
that popular U.S. history texts give little if 
any attention to the role and experience of 
women; well-qualified girls are less likely to 
take advanced science courses; and, even in 
classrooms where there are equal numbers 
of boys and girls, boys call out answers and 
participate in discussions at a much higher 
rate than girls. In one study, researchers 
from American University found that boys 
were eight times more likely than girls to 
speak out in classes. The AAUW report also 
describes the ways in which co-ed schools 
tolerate sexual harassment, unintentionally 
undermine girls' self-esteem and do not 
address issues of special concern to girls and 

Educational theorists and researchers 
such as Nel Noddings, Carol Gilligan, Mary 
Belenky and Peggy Mcintosh suggest that 
coeducation does not mean simply giving 
girls the identical education as boys. To take 
girls and women seriously, these theorists 
argue, schools must appreciate the role 
gender plays in one's experience in the 
world. The research indicates that gender 
affects the way one learns, interacts with 
others, makes moral choices, responds to 
power and experiences relationships. Of 

particular concern are the research results 
from the Harvard Project on the Psychology 
of Women and the Development of Girls, 
which show patterns of declining self-esteem 
levels in adolescent girls. 

It is important to note that research 
on gender does not suggest that all women 
(or men) are the same. Each individual has a 
unique set of experiences, personality traits 
and life circumstances. Nor does such re- 
search deny that there are educational needs 
that transcend gender. It does suggest, 
however, that gender plays an important role 
in experience and that we must pay atten- 
tion to gender differences if we are serious 
about providing girls and boys with the best 
possible education. Such research also 
suggests that if we are truly committed to 
meeting the challenges of coeducation, and I 
would add multiculturalism, we must listen 
carefully to those voices and experiences 
that historically have not been heard. 

What does this mean? What are these 
differences? And how do we begin to meet 
these diverse needs? Research and experi- 
ence have given us some insight. We know 
some of the answers have to do with how we 
design our curriculum, what kinds of role 
models we provide and what types of 
environments we create in our classrooms 
and school communities. There are, however, 
no easy answers as we are still struggling to 
understand what it would mean to take 
seriously the experience of girls and women, 
to create an environment in our schools that 
celebrates cultural, class, ethnic and racial 
diversity, to appreciate experiences that are 
radically different from our own. 

In many ways, my experience at GDA 
was probably easier than that of many girls. I 
came prepared (having grown up with four 
brothers), I was confident responding to 
pranks in kinds, and I excelled in the 
traditional male domain of sports. Even Heb 
Evans — and rumor had it he thought 
coeducation was the worst thing that 
happened to the Academy — would jokingly 
suggest I try out for the boys' lacrosse team 
each spring! 

I remember times, however, when I was 
aware of being a female in a school steeped 

"There are . . . no easy answers as we are still struggling to understand 
what it would mean to take seriously the experience of girls and women, to 
create an environment in our schools that celebrates cultural, class, ethnic 
and racial diversity, to appreciate experiences that are radically different 
from our own." 

"Educational theorists and re- 
searchers . . . suggest that coed- 
ucation does not mean simply 
giving girls the identical education 
as boys, lb take girls and women 
seriously . . . schools must appre- 
ciate the role gender plays in one's 
experience in the world." 

in male tradition. For example, I remember a 
faculty member telling a group of students at 
lunch that, "A woman should never be 
President because she might have PMS [pre- 
menstrual syndrome] when she was about to 
make a big decision." I was the only girl in 
the group, and I remember feeling frustrated 
by not having the perfect comeback — and 
when I didn't, it was taken as evidence that 
the statement must be true. Like many 
adolescent girls, I didn't want to risk 
alienating my peers or teachers by not being 
able to "take a joke," or by "making a big 
deal out of nothing." These kinds of 
"harmless" jokes and comments are not 
experienced in the same way by boys as they 
are by girls. Although I was unable to 
articulate my feelings at the times (and even 
wondered whether such comments were so 
bad), I realize now that jokes and comments 
that are degrading to women and minorities 
are never harmless. 

It has been 12 years since I graduated 
from Governor Dummer, and it is important 
to acknowledge that progress has been 
made. There are more women on the faculty 
today than there were when I was there. 
There are also women in administrative 
positions, girls taking on leadership roles, 
and I noticed in the catalog a course on 
"Feminine Perspectives in American History." 
I understand the girls' athletic teams play on 
the upper fields these days, and I trust the 
field hockey team no longer has to have 
bake sales to raise money for uniforms. 
Given the research that indicates girls are 
less likely to take advanced courses in 
chemistry and physics or pursue careers in 
science, the interdisciplinary approach and 
hands-on learning style of SCIENCE 2000 
looks promising. (Perhaps if I had had the 
opportunity to participate in SCIENCE 2000 
when I was at GDA, it may have helped me 
overcome my science phobia and prevented 
me from weaseling out of my science re- 
quirement!) The new curriculum, with its 
emphasis on collaborative learning, varieties 
of teaching methods and the role teachers 
play as partners in learning also is an 
exciting change in the direction of 
appreciating differences. 

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12 The Archon - Spring 1992 




World War II shaped the 
Governor Dummer experience 
of the Class of 1942. Despite the war, The 
Archon noted, the Academy boasted a full 
enrollment of 145 boys and "An unusually 
wide geographical distribution, covering 20 
states, one territory [The Canal Zone] and one 
South American republic [Colombia]." 

Paper Drive: GDA students join the war effort in 
1942 by collecting newspapers. 

Chief Air Raid Warden Ben Stone and 
assistants Roy Ohrn and Arthur Adams organ- 
ized an Air Raid Patrol and established proce- 
dures in the event of air attack: "During day- 
light, the boys will go to assigned stations in 
the woods back of the school and will stay 
there until the 'all clear' signal is given. At 
night, the members of each corridor will report 
to the first floor of the dormitory and proceed 
according to directions received at the time of 
the warning." Every building was "equipped 
with a supply of sand, sand buckets, a long- 
handled shovel, a hoe and sufficient garden 
hose to reach all parts of the structure." 

In response to a war-induced manpower 
shortage in Newbury, Headmaster Ted Eames 
consented to the creation and training of the 
Auxiliary Fire Brigade, which consisted of 20 
GDA boys, Art Sager, Dan Jennings and an 
1827 Red Wing handtub pumper. 

The Class of '42 also endured some 
wartime sacrifices, beginning with the removal 
of sugar bowls from dining room tables, and 
extending to the cancellation of off-campus 
church services, glee club concerts and 

As June approaches — more 
quickly for some than for others — so 
does another milestone for each of the 
Academy's graduation classes. It marks 
yet another year since we rounded the 
Milestone and jumped over the wall, 
trampling Mrs. Eames'/Mrs. Wilkie's 
/Mrs. Ragle's/ Mrs. Bragdon's flowers, 
the symbols of entering new lives. 

This year is especially meaningful 
for classes whose years end in the 
numbers 2 or 7. For you, '92 is a 
landmark year. Here's a look back at 
your classes: 

athletic trips. Milestone Editor Ted Stitt wrote, 
however, "the school and the students are 
making adjustments and sacrifices as called on 
for them, cheerfully and willingly." 

At Commencement, Peter Klaussen was 
named recipient of the Morse Flag, and 
Richard Coffin won the Master's Prize. The 
top scholar of the class was Edward Whitley, 
who took home the Thorndike Hilton Cup, 
while the top athlete was David Jarvis, who 
won the Goodwin Athletic Prize. 


The Class of 1947 had an 
eventful senior year with visits 
from a future President and a famous author 
as well as the dedication of one new building 
and the donation of another. The 1947 spring 
Archon reported on John F. Kennedy's visit to 
the GDA campus in two short paragraphs: 
"Mr. John F. Kennedy, recently elected to the 
United States Congress from Boston's 11th 
District, spoke to the school at evening 
meeting on Friday, November 15. Mr. Kennedy 
is the son of Joseph Kennedy, former 
ambassador to the court of St. James. 

"Mr. Kennedy said that he hoped each 
boy in the audience would make it a point to 
be interested in politics even if he did not run 
for office himself. He stated quite frankly 
that he had words of praise but very little 
assistance from the well-educated elements in 
his district. Such assistance would have helped 
a lot, but those who were capable of giving it 
were indifferent when it came to actually 
doing something." 

Another impressive visitor on the GDA 
campus in 1947 was celebrated novelist John 
Marquand, who spoke at the Commencement 
dinner in May of that year. 

It was also announced at the Com- 
mencement dinner that an anonymous donor 
(who later turned out to be Morris P. Frost) 
would donate a new classroom and science 
building, the largest single gift GDA had ever 
received. (The building later would be named 
for Mr. Frost.) 

A new attendance record was set at the 
1947 Milestone Dance, as 75 couples gathered in 
the Cobb Room. The Dance Committee, chaired 
by John Walker, included Norman Brown, 
Houghton Carr, Freeman Condon, Jay Curtis, 
Allen Hughes, Davison Pierson, Henry Sanders 
and David Seager. 

Commencement 1947 marked an 
important moment for both the graduating 
seniors and the GDA campus as the new 
Ingham House was dedicated that weekend. 
According to the July 1947 Archon, former 
headmaster Dr. Charles S. Ingham spoke to 
the large audience at the dedication and 
expressed his thanks to those who had 
contributed to the success of his years at the 

With a Young Kennedy: Norman Brown '47, 
Sam Gwynne '47 and John Gardner '47 
entertain then-Congressman John F. Kennedy 
during his 1946 visit to GDA. 

Headmaster Ted Eames awarded the 
Commencement prizes, including the Morse 
Flag, which went to Charles McLaughlin with 
the following citation: "Despite Charlie's lack 
of athletic prowess, he was chosen by his 

continued on page 14 

The Archon - Spring 1992 13 

peers as 'King For the Day.' Under his benevo- 
lent reign both students and school bloomed 
and prospered. The masters were impressed, 
but it was not until we saw Charlie dance the 
polka at the spring dance that the faculty 
decided to award Charlie the Morse Flag. 
Dancing the polka, as Charlie does it, is more 
than athletic exercise, more than mere artistic 
performance. It calls for leadership, even 
scholarship and character." 

Peter Sutton received both the Master's 
Prize and the Goodwin Athletic Prize for 
1947. The Thorndike Hilton Cup went to 
Harry Lowell, who also won the Richard Little 
Dodge Prize for proficiency in mechanical 

The year's final Archon offered this 
tantalizing promise: "The girl Bishop Peale 
brought to the Spring Dance will be remem- 
bered long after town meetings in the Cobb 
Room have been forgotten." Attendees at 
Reunion '92 no doubt will want to test that 


While GDA celebrated its 
189th year in 1952, students 
and faculty also joined in the rededication of 
the nearby Byfield Parish Church, which 
marked its 250th year. Faculty member Ted 
Withington spoke at the service, and the Glee 
Club "rendered several songs and hymns" for 
the ceremony. 

Glee Club: Humphrey Zabriskie '52 joins George 
Gale 53 and 52 classmates David Powers, Dirk 
Owens, Stephen Shohet, Jim Lewis and, John 
Murdoch in concert in the Cobb Room. 

In 1952 Governor Dummer boasted a 
wide range of students, with a roster of 200 
boys from 20 states and four countries. The 
war's end brought greater college enrollment, 
and GDA students were accepted at top 
Eastern colleges. Between 1947 and 1952, 53 
students were accepted at Harvard, 27 at 
Amherst, 26 at Brown, 26 at Dartmouth and 
17 at Princeton, according to The Archon. 

The school improved its athletic 
facilities by building two "all-weather, non- 
maintenance" tennis courts in the field next to 
the Cottage, and by adding an extension to 
Morse field to provide more playing space for 
the growing GDA teams. Athletic teams were 
setting records and making history in 1952. 
The wrestling team, led by coach Heb Evans 
and captain Kevin Leary, defeated Milton 

Academy for the first time, adding to their 
undefeated season, and the ski team beat 
Andover for the first time its history. While 
the skiers were happy to see the snow fall, the 
hockey team held mandatory meetings at the 
rink "dressed to shovel." They had a success- 
ful season despite the snow, as did the foot- 
ball, basketball and track teams. 

In another momentous athletic confron- 
tation, the Civil War came to GDA in the form 
of a volleyball match. The North was repre- 
sented by Allan Blue's "Sideburns" and the 
South by John Witherspoon's "Braggs." The 
1952 Milestone provides a report on the 
game: "When the sounds of the battle ended 
and the smoke vanished, Poobah the Omnis- 
cient, from the height of Olympus, announced 
that he had predestined Mr. Witherspoon's 
Braggs to be the victors. Forgetting their 
ancient hostility, both teams feasted regally on 
the special steak dinner, as another hotly 
contended volley-ball tournament ended." 

The Milestone also contains the class of 
1952's last will and testament. They, being of 
"sound body and supposedly sane mind," left 
the following items to GDA: J.J. Murdock left 
his address to any Lonely Hearts Club and 
Jerry Brown left his lights on. John Gill and 
Rick Blackmur finally left GDA. Bill Huberlie 
willed his hearing aid to Tim Brown, and 
Prior Morrell bequeathed his knowledge of 
English colloquialisms to Bob Iafolla. Gus 
Boss left his mirror to Don George, and Jake 
Bowden bequeathed his bed in the "Butt 
Club" to Johnny Gardner. 

At the 189th Commencement exercises 
Frederick Smith was awarded the the Morse 
Flag and the Francis Scholarship, and Robert 
Smythe won the Master's Prize. Walter Lawson 
was awarded the Thorndike Hilton Cup, 
Moody Kent prize in mathematics and the 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal. For 
his athletic achievements, Donald Rice won 
the Goodwin Prize. 


By 1957, the GDA campus 
was undergoing more 
construction. The Class '57 witnessed a major 
physical change, as Perkins Hall was picked 
up and moved for the second time in its long 
life, this time from Elm Street to Middle Road, 
where it stands today. The move made room 
for the new "Library and Science Building," 
now known as the Frost Building. It would not 
be ready for use, however, until the fall of 1958. 
The 1956 Presidential election caused some 
debate at GDA. Under the guidance of David 
Williams and Ashley Eames, the students held a 
mock rally and election to determine their own 
winner. GDA's Republicans were represented by 
Pete Ober, Fred Estey and Pete Stanley, while Don 
Kaufman, Bob Temple and Bill George spoke for 
the Democratic ticket. According to the Milestone, 
the candidates spoke to a "slightly partisan" and 
"slightly aroused" audience that was amazed to 
learn that "Ike" had swept the school. 
The GDA community was also involved in 
the troubled situation in Hungary in 1957. Pete 

Queuing Up to Dance: Couples line the Perry 
Room in Phillips in anticipation of the 1957 
Milestone Dance in the Cobb Room. 

Stanley organized the first completely voluntary 
charity drive on campus, and 90 percent of the 
school contributed to aid the Hungarian refugees. 

As Director of Studies in 1957, Old 
Guardsman Ben Stone celebrated his 25th 
year at the Academy. He had begun his GDA 
career in 1932 as a teacher and had become a 
coach dormitory master, Glee Club accompan- 
ist, Director of Admissions and Registrar. His 
son, Ned '57, became the first Governor 
Dummer student to win a National Merit 
Scholarship. Seniors Pete Ober and Bob 
Temple both received Certificates of Merit in 
the highly selective competition. 

On Winter Weekend in January 1957, the 
varsity basketball team was humbled by the 
faculty in a match that ended 4240. Coach 
David Williams admitted that he and his team 
had "choked beautifully." Mr. Mercer got the 
annual volleyball matches underway in Lang 
Gym that winter as the "Cowboys" took on the 
"Indians." Philip Smith lead his "Tontos" to a 
victory over Bill Sperry's "Buffalo Bills." 

That year Frank Dickerson won the 
Morse Flag, and Peter Cadigan, senior class 
president, was awarded the Academy Prize. 
Peter Ober was the recipient of the Thorndike 
Hilton Cup, and Richard Pescosolido was awar- 
ded the Goodwin Athletic Prize. The 1957 Mile- 
stone also notes, "Bill George had the honor of 
being number one belly bouncer of Ingham I, 
with Steve Correll taking a close second." 


The Class of '62 began its 
final year by weathering 
Hurricane Esther in late September, as the 
storm dropped 5.5 inches of rain and made the 
playing fields useless for several weeks thereafter. 
During the year, 15 GDA students joined 
12 instrumentalists from surrounding towns to 
form the Academy-Community Orchestra, 
under the direction of Felix Viscuglia, Boston 
Symphony clarinetist and N.E. Conservatory 
teacher. Members of the group making GDA's 
first serious attempt at orchestral music were 
Alan Chase, Rocke Robertson, John Hayes, 
Warren Vaughan, Jeffrey Taylor, Stephen 
Hughes, David Faxon, Stephen Blair, Robert 
Fullerton, Bryan Hamric, Robert Canterbury, 
Ralph Johnson, Robert Culver, John Davagian 
and Robert MacLaughlin. 

14 The Archon - Spring 1992 


The Class of 1962 brought to GDA a 
new student government, in which each senior 
took on a specific responsibility. A Senior 
Executive Committee, which acted as a liaison 
between students and the administration, was 
created and manned by Anthony Whittemore, 
president, and vice presidents Denis Golden 
and Burke Leahey. 

The 1961-62 school year also was highly 
successful in its athletic pursuits. Buster Nav- 
ins' soccer team had a banner season (9-2-1), 
led by co-captains John Tarbell and Rick 
Knight. In recognition of their efforts, the 
coach awarded the Most Valuable Player award 
to the whole team. It also was the year that the 
cross-country team was inaugurated, coached 
by faculty member David McLean, a former 
Harvard track captain. Pete Entwistle 
captained the squad, which competed in 
five meets. 

GDA Spirit: Cheerleaders N. Strater, R. James, 
R. Snyder, R. Maclaughlin, W. Sloane '63, M. 
Dietz '63, S. Blair, P. Buck and T. Tbbey 
enlivened athletic games in 1962. 

The basketball team, under coach David 
Williams and captain Peter Flaherty, tied for 
the league championship that winter, while 
Heb Evans' wrestling team went undefeated 
and won the first annual New England Class A 
Preparatory School Wrestling Tournament. 
Nine wrestlers reached the semi-finals, and 
two emerged as champions: Bob Taylor at 115 
lbs., and captain Howard Durfee at 133 lbs. 
Heb's and Bob Anderson's lacrosse team 
similarly went 9-1 for the season, with captain 
Tom Tobey in the goal. The spring track team, 
led by co-captains John Tarbell and Denis 
Golden went undefeated, leading coach Bill 
Sperry to call them "the best ever/' 

At Commencement '52, Headmaster Val 
Wilkie presented the Morse Flag to Andi 
Whittemore, and the Academy Prize to Denis 
Golden. The Thorndike Hilton Cup went to 
Peter Machinist, while the Goodwin Athletic 
Prize went to John Tarbell. 


The Class of '67, the first 
freshman class of the Aca- 
demy's third century, was a class of many 
"firsts" and "lasts." They helped inaugurate — 
and create traditions for — the new Grill in 
the new Thompson Arts Center, and they 

Pretty as . . .: The class of 1967 gathers for an 
informal photograph in front of Alumni Gym. 

witnessed the erection of the Moseley Chapel. 

The Class of '67, with the help of Lew 
Rumford and his Social Committee, brought 
back the Spring Dance for the first time since 
the infamous House in the Pines incident of 
'66. (Remember the seaside theme?) 

Governor Dummer icon "Uncle" Tom 
Mercer made the Class of '67 his 39th and 
last as a master, retiring at the end of the year. 
The Class also was honored with the final 
concert of late jazz great Edmund Hall, who 
performed in Thompson that year. 

The Class had its other heroes — 
specifically its Marvel Super Heroes, including 
Captain America, Sub-Mariner, The Hulk, 
Kookie Man and Iron Man. There also were 
the equally famous, though less bombastically 
named "Nobody Special," featuring Rusty 
Bolles' drumming and Reid Pugh's guitarwork. 
And then, of course, there was the green 

Buster Navins, who began the GDA 
soccer tradition, retired from coaching soccer 
that year, though this had little to do with the 
team's 2-7-3 season. Conversely, the basketball 
team, under coach Dave Williams and captains 
Bill Alfond and Ray Huard, went 14-2-0 for the 
season. With the example of captain and MVP 
Jim Nevius, Heb Evans' wrestling team almost 
went undefeated, concluding its season 8-1; the 
only loss was to Exeter. That spring, Dan 
Morgan bested challenger Bert Benjamin for 
the school tennis championship, despite 
unseasonably high temperatures. 

Commencement '67 saw the Morse Flag 
and Goodwin Athletic Prize both go to Ray 
Huard, while the Academy Prize went to senior 
class president Anthony Gerard. The 
Thorndike Hilton Cup went to class scholar 
William Haggerty. 


The Class of 72 saw the 
Academy go from mixers to 
co-education, from jackets and ties to dashikis 
and beards and from Val Wilkie to Jack Ragle. 

In honor of the departing headmaster, 
the Class of 72 appointed Mr. Wilkie an 
honorary member of the class, and presented 
him with a framed scroll signed by all of its 
members. The Milestone, dedicated to Mr. 
Wilkie, said, "The 1971-72 academic year will 
always be remembered as a turning point in 

the history of Governor Dummer Academy. 
This year has marked the end of a decade of 
self-evaluation, and the beginning of a period 
of action. If there is any one man who has led 
the school in its introspection, and who has 
built the foundation for its future, it has been 
the headmaster for this last decade: Valleau 

Along with the fall of the dress code, 
there were other changes, such as the institu- 
tion of junior-senior dormitories, which was 
received with little fanfare or problem. By 
graduation, girls had been part of the GDA 
scene for two years, and the newness still 
hadn't worn off. Old Lang Gym became the 
new Schumann Science Center, making 
profound changes in the physical plant and in 
the teaching of science. 

Also profound was the effect of the 
Vietnam war on campus. In the year's final 
Governor, Robert Billewicz was moved to 
write, "Let's end this war and all wars; but for 
God's sake and our own, let's do it like civi- 
lized humans, by working within the system." 

Athletically, it was a big year for Heb 
Evans' lacrosse team, which notched an 11-3 
season and set records for assists (113) and 
total points (237). The team, captained by 
Brian Lenane and Barry Simson, gave Heb a 
"first" he'd wanted for a long time: beating 
both Andover and Exeter in the same season. 
Women's lacrosse formed for the first time 
that year, though its only scheduled game was 

Girls' Lacrosse: History was made in 1972 as 
these eager women created GDA's first-ever 
women's spring athletic program. 

Co-captains Frank Holmes and Bill 
Watts, along with coach Michael True, earned 
the cross-country team a stellar 9-1 season 
record. Spring track also had a winning 8-2-1 
season, captained by Holmes and Bryce Kib- 
erd and coached by Bill Sperry and Mr. True. 

At Commencement, the Morse Flag and 
the Thorndike Hilton Cup both went to 
Robert Martin. Lenane won the Academy 
Prize, and Charles Bouchard picked up the 
Goodwin Athletic Prize. 

continued on page 24 

The Archon - Spring 1992 15 



Bidding Farewell 
to Two New 
Old Guardsmeri 

David M. Williams, William H. Sperry 

David M. Williams 

The recipient of a 
bachelor's degree from 
Franklin and Marshall 
College in 1950 and a 
master's degree in his- 
tory from the University 
of Pennsylvania in 1951, 
David Williams joined 
the Governor Dummer faculty in September, 

Despite Williams' background in history, 
Headmaster Ted Eames assigned him to the 
English Department, where he taught until Val 
Wilkie became headmaster in 1959. Williams 
says today that his early English duties were 
beneficial, if for no other reason than the fact 
that "it exposed me to [Old Guardsman] A. 
Macdonald Murphy," who tutored him weekly 
on the subject of grammar. 

In his early days at GDA, Williams 
coached "thirds this and thirds that, lightning 
football and JV sports" before becoming varsi- 
ty basketball coach upon Old Guardsman 
John Witherspoon's appointment as admis- 
sions director. Along the way, he also coached 
the GDA cheerleaders, "though I didn't know 
any cheers and either did they," he says. 

As might be expected during a 41-year 
career, Williams has moved a few times. First 
assigned to bachelor quarters in Peirce III and 
then Perkins II, he moved to Peirce II when 

continued on page 17 

Tbgether they represent 79 
teacher years at Governor Dummer 
Academy. Estimating that enrollment 
averaged 225 students during that 
tenure (using a formula devised by Old 
Guardsman Ben Stone), it becomes ob- 
vious that David Williams and Bill 
Sperry affected approximately 17,775 
student years at the Academy. But the 
numbers, of course, do not adequately 
tell the story. 

As these two members of GDA's 
New Old Guard prepare to retire this 
spring, we thought it fitting and proper 
to let a few of their students — un- 
abashed fans, all — express that which 
the numbers alone cannot. Preceding 
their comments and remembrances is 
— quite appropriately — some history 
on each man. 

16 The Archon - Spring 1992 

William H. Sperry 

William H. Sperry 
received his bachelor's 
degree in history from 
Gettysburg College in 
1950 and a master's 
degree in Latin 
American history from 
Duke University in 1951. 
He joined the Governor Dummer Academy 
history department in 1954, after three years 
of teaching at Norfolk Academy, Norfolk, VA. 

Sperry's connection to the Academy was 
established through his sister-in-law's brother, 
who knew Headmaster Ted Eames. Obviously 
impressed with Sperry's history credentials 
and his ability to teach as well as coach, 
Eames hired him . . . and assigned him to 
teach history and English initially. In 1956, he 
traded English for Spanish, which he taught 
until 1962. 

First housed in bachelor quarters in 
Ingham and then Peirce II, Sperry moved to 
Newburyport in 1959 when he married Marty 
because there was no on-campus married hous- 
ing available. He and Marty later returned to 
Peirce II, just above Buster and Fran Navins. 
When the new Eames dormitory was finished in 
1974, the Sperrys (including children Stephen 
'80 and Ann '83) moved into those new facili- 
ties. Since 1985, the Sperrys have lived on 
Faculty Lane. 

continued on page 19 

David M. Williams (cont.) 

he married Connie in 1954. From there, it was 
on to Commons II, Commons I, Peirce I, 
Eames East and The Tower (a/k/a The Castle) 
as their family expanded to include children 
David, Terry, Jeffrey and Ben. 

During his career at GDA, Williams twice 
has been chairman of the History Department, 
sharing that position with fellow retiree Bill 
Sperry. In 1976, the Williamses left GDA on 
sabbatical to live in Japan for two years, 
returning to initiate a Japanese Studies 
program at the Academy. By his own count, he 
has done "hundreds of things" assigned by the 
four headmasters he has served, ranging from 
Dean of Students and Archon editor to dining 
room advisor and religion teacher. 

Among Williams' honors is an Out- 
standing Secondary School Teaching Award be- 
stowed in 1985 by Franklin and Marshall 
College The accompanying citation commends 
Williams, saying, "His former students quickly 
realize when they reach college that what he 
has taught them about how to learn, how to 
think, how to be analytical, and how to 
organize their time and energies will serve 
them well for a lifetime. ... He is viewed by 
students and colleges as a constructive critic 
and a valued advisor. He is truly one of the 
main threads of the fabric of his school, a 
person who is guiding students in his 
classrooms, on the playing fields, in dealing 
with their daily lives, and in discovering 
themselves and their worlds." 

G. Calvin Mackenzie 


G. Calvin Mackenzie '63, Distinguished 
Presidential Professor of American Govern- 
ment at Colby College, dedicated his fifth 
book, American Government: Politics and 
Public Policy, to Williams in 1986. In a letter 
to Williams, Mackenzie wrote then, "My 
publisher expects that tens of thousands of 
people will read this book during the years it 
is in print. I am pleased that all of them will 
learn of my own enduring respect for the 
relentless dedication you brought to the task 
of teaching me and so many others who had 
the honor of being your students." 

In a more recent letter, he described 
Williams this way: 

"What always seemed so glorious about 
him was his ability to connect with students 
on his level, rather than theirs. That is the 
opposite of the conventional wisdom, which 
holds that good teachers reach students at the 
students' level. Dave Williams never let the 
conventional wisdom get in the way of brilliant 
teaching, nor did he ever let anything bend 
his extraordinary high standards. He had a 
way of getting under your skin, of causing you 
to think about things even after he was out of 
sight. And without fiery rhetoric or 
pretentious idealism, he inspired you to work 
harder than you ever had before, and to direct 

Coach: Dave Williams discusses the finer points of basketball with co-captains Rick Benner '60 and 
Bill Tuxbury '60. 

that effort to some useful objective. 

"I was never afraid of Dave Williams; fear 
was not part of his pedagogy. But I was afraid 
that he would think less of me if I shrank 
from the challenges he constantly threw in my 
path. I wanted to please him — we all did — 
but not by obsequiousness or by agreeing with 
him. He would have seen through that 
instantly because he had one of the great 
baloney detectors of all time. No, the way to 
please Dave Williams was to grow, to improve, 
to push your limits, to persist, to confront 
your demons and seek to tame them. 

"And don't expect that every step in your 
progress was going to elicit some flowery 
encomium from him. Not the Williams style. If 
you made the starting team, you found out 
about it when he threw a practice jersey at 
you from 20 feet away and said, 'Don't screw it 
up.' And even if he liked your English theme, 
he knew you could do a lot better and he 
expected to see improvement on the next one. 
He was glad to hear your opinions about 
things over lunch, but — wait a minute — he 
wondered if you'd considered another way of 
looking at all that. Even over lunch, an hour 
with Mr. Williams was never a picnic. 

"And yet through it all, you never doubted 
that he cared about you, maybe even admired 
you, and that he really thought there was 
some hope — however slim — that you might 
amount to something some day. 'Some day' is 
here for me. And, for whatever I've amounted 
to, Dave Williams is due much of the credit. I 
never had a better teacher, nor ever knew a 
finer man." 

Ray J. Huard 


Ray J. Huard '67, a Morse Flag winner, 
remembers, "Mr. Williams was the most 
enthusiastic coach of any team. He was never 
afraid to be the only cheerleader for the team. 
During close games, it was not unusual to see 
Mr. Williams facing the crowd and his team 
trying to get everyone cheering, hoping to 
help the players to victory. 

At a time when we were all still boys 
and away from home, Mr. Williams was the 
perfect father figure. In fact, if I were to send 
my children off to school these days, Mr. 
Williams is who I'd like them to be with." 

Leslie L. McCant 


Academy Prize-winner Leslie L. McCant 
'91 calls Williams "the most versatile man I 
know. Not only was he my teacher, he was also 
my advisor, coach and friend. His relationships 
with students never end outside the 
classroom; he's involved in many ways, and 
he's very supportive of anything we choose to 
do. His support is what taught me the most." 

Peter K. Imber 


Peter K. Imber '65 was co-captain of the 
GDA basketball team and one of Williams' 
dormitory charges. "He has been a role model 
for me ever since I was at Governor Dummer," 
Imber says, adding, "I can't think of any other 
teacher who had so much of an effect on me." 

Imber remembers gratefully babysitting for 
the Williams' children "on nights when there 

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The Archon - Spring 1992 17 

would just happen to be a Celtics game on 
television." He also recalls a late night corri- 
dor hockey game in Peirce I when Williams, 
obviously awakened by the racket, did nothing 
but walk in and shake his head at the offen- 
ders. "That's all he needed to do," Imber says, 
noting the respect Williams commanded. 

"Dave Williams always taught with great 
enthusiasm," he says, adding, "He tried to put 
things in perspective for us." Imber remembers 
some advice Williams gave him upon noticing 
that Imber was worried about a quiz in his 
class: "In the long run," Williams said, "this 
won't be really important in your lives." "He 
showed us what was important," Imber says. 

John M. Mackenzie 


John M. Mackenzie '65 was co-captain 
of the basketball team with Imber, and now is 
headmaster of Worcester Academy, Worcester, 
MA. "Probably the main reason I went into 
teaching — along with Bill Sperry and Bob 
Anderson — is Dave Williams," says 

"He had a wonderful way of being very 
tough on me, but letting me know he thought 
highly of me," he says, adding, "He was doing 
it in my best interest. I never knew what the 
term mental toughness meant until I learned it 
from Dave Williams." 

Having Williams as a basketball coach 
taught Mackenzie "one of the best lessons I 
ever had." Mackenzie relates a story about 
winning a basketball game and scoring many 
points, only to find Williams angry with him. 
"He told me it wasn't just about scoring 
points. Individual accomplishments were not 
all that was important," he remembers 
Williams' saying. He adds, "He was right. 

In Japan: The Williams family at home during 
their 1968-69 sabbatical in Japan. 

"No matter whether you were doing well 
or not so well, he made you feel that your 
opinion was worth hearing," Mackenzie says of 
Williams, acknowledging that as a teacher, he 
often finds himself "modelling ways that Dave 
Williams interacted with students." 

Lewis Rumford III 


While Lewis Rumford III '67 "never 
took a class from Dave Williams," he has 
maintained "a very close, almost familial 

relationship" with the Williamses since he was 
10 years old. Williams was a summer camp 
counselor when Rumford first met him, and 
he became the reason Rumford was attracted 
to GDA years later. Rumford explains that 
"Dave went to bat for me with [Admissions 
Director] John Witherspoon," when he applied 
to GDA with a less-than-perfect academic 

Rumford, who also babysat for the 
Williams children, says, "I never interacted 
directly in the classroom or on the playing 
fields with Dave, but I always had the feeling 
he was watching over me." 

Rumford says Williams' marriage to 
Connie was among his greatest decisions. 
"There is not a more attractive woman on this 
Earth," he says, calling the couple "very well- 
grounded people who have not been 
distracted by superficial things." 

"Regarding Williams' sometimes 
cultivated image as 'a real tough 
guy,' Rumford laughs: 'It's a 
tremendous front. He has a huge 
bark and a very soft bite. He's 
about as caring a guy as there is.' " 
— Lewis Rumford III '67 

Regarding Williams' sometimes culti- 
vated image as "a real tough guy," Rumford 
laughs: "It's a tremendous front. He has a 
huge bark and a very soft bite. He's about as 
caring a guy as there is." Paying Williams a 
tremendous compliment, Rumford says, "Dave 
Williams is one of the five most important 
men in my life." 

John M.C. Carroll 


Vermont State Senator John M.C. 
Carroll '61 remembers, "Dave Williams had 
what I can only describe as saint-like patience 
when it came to teaching students the funda- 
mentals of anything — English or sports. As a 
freshman, I joined Dave's lacrosse team with a 
crew of other true newcomers to the game. We 
knew nothing about the mysterious sport of 
lacrosse, and it was up to Dave to teach us. 

"The first day of practice was rainy, cold 
and miserable. Mercifully, Dave decided to 
hold a chalk-talk inside. Patientiy and 
precisely, Dave proceeded to explain the very 
basics of lacrosse to all of us. Then, in a fairly 
intimidating voice, he said, Any questions?' 
His look meant that no stupid questions 
would be tolerated, and should not be asked. 
Obviously, none of us dared to ask anything. 
To break the embarrassing silence, Stephen 
Sawyer, sometimes called 'Suave' because of 
his knack with words, said, 'Coach, how many 
quarters are there again?' The look of exas- 
peration and disbelief on Dave's face was 
enough of an answer. He just gave us that 
look, nothing else." 

Teacher: Ken Pouch '62 and Dave Williams en 
route from Phillips in 1961. 

Richard S. Benner 


Morse Flag recipient Richard S. Benner 
'60 notes that while Williams may not have 
been his favorite teacher while at Governor 
Dummer, "As I get older, I appreciate him 

He remembers, "In my senior year, I was 
co-captain with Bill Tuxbury for Dave 
Williams' basketball team. After our first 
game, one we lost 32-28, Dave took us for a 
ride in his car. He said, 'Listen, you turkeys, 
this has got to stop. I don't ever want to see 
something like that again. Twenty-eight points 
is not enough to score in a game. You are 
responsible; change it!' Well, he got our 
attention, and we won the next 10 of 12 

"Another time that season, we traveled 
to Hebron to play, and our center, Greg Meyer, 
brought only two left sneakers. Dave's 
response was, 'You turkey, put that sneaker on 
and play the game.' Greg went on to score 
more points in a game than he ever had." 

Benner says Williams' lessons have 
served him well: "Dave Williams never let you 
settle for less than what you were capable of." 

Randolph C. Light 


Morse Flag recipient, basketball captain 
and MVP and class president Randolph C. 
Light '59 says, "The remembrance of being in 
Mr. Williams' classroom or of being on one of 
his basketball teams in the late 1950s is as 
clear as if it had happened yesterday. The 
positive values and goals that he projected 
influence me to this day." 

"I can recall more than one humorous 
situation involving him, as well as his state- 
ment, which I have frequently used over the 
years, that, 'If we can't beat the other team, 
we can certainly outdress them; so everyone 
will wear a coat and tie,'" recalls Light. "As a 
result of the score at the end of several GDA 
sporting events, it was fortunate that we had 

18 The Archon - Spring 1992 




"/ wish Mr. Williams the best as he 
begins his retirement, but I strongly 
doubt that he will ever truly retire 
as a teacher!' 

- Randolph C. Light '59 

dressed with some degree of style." 

More seriously, Light says, "Despite 
these fond memories, it was Mr. Williams' 
daily unabiding interest in the well-being of 
his students and, as a student knowing that he 
cared, that has had the longest-lasting 
impression on me, and I am certain on other 
students as well. Dave Williams has been an 
exemplary and essential part of, in my 
opinion, the foremost, continuing strength of 
GDA — its outstanding faculty, whose 
members are more than mere instructors, but 
rather are teachers in the broadest sense of 
the word. I wish Mr. Williams the best as he 
begins his retirement, but I strongly doubt 
that he will ever truly retire as a teacher." 

S. Kate Atkins 


S. Kate Atkins '92, whose experiences 
with Williams are current, writes, "Mr. Will- 
iams' spirit wells up over his collar and out his 
eyes. He is a thinker who teaches. He has 
beliefs, but we can have different beliefs. I love 
the man. Someone's kitten had crept into 
their car one morning and come to school. It 
tottered around the classroom with wide-eyed 
alertness, and Mr. Williams tottered too, 
looking behind and all around him, so fearful 
was he of stepping even on its tail. 

"I've heard people ask, 'How could a 
man stay in the same place so long?' and I've 
wondered, too. But then, he hasn't stayed in 
the same place, not at all. He has traveled 
farther than most people travel in their lives, 
and I don't mean just the trip to Japan. He 
has traveled from the young, aggressive, ail- 
American coach just out to win (he has told 
me), to the pacifistic, deeply spiritual man that 
he is now. 

"Mr. Williams reads and thinks and 
knows what he believes about most of the 
issues that people picket and protest and 
shout about. He could, I suppose, like all 
those protesters, walk into class with a sign 
and a slogan and mold our groggy young 
minds into smaller versions of his, but he 
doesn't. He teaches us to think. Really. And 
that's not as easy as it sounds, especially first 
period Monday or last period Friday when all 
we say is, "I dunno," waiting for him to tell us 
the answer. 

" 'Where do your morals come from?' 
he asked us once. 

" 'Parents,' we said. 'Church, other kids, 

"He shook his head. 

" 'Teachers?' we suggested hopefully. 

" 'No, no,' he said, shaking his head. 
'Yourself. Yourself.' " 

Faculty Meeting: History Masters Bill Sperry, Dave Williams and Ash Eames at a 1964 departmental 

William H. Sperry (cont.) 

Marty remembers that her husband "has 
moved a lot of furniture" in his years at GDA, 
noting especially the chairs he used to arrange 
under Ted Eames' harsh scrutiny for Evening 
Vespers in the Cobb Room. From overseeing 
Morse Flag and Academy Prize competitions 
to being Director of College Guidance from 
1970 to 1983, he has had many assignments 
in his 38 years at GDA. 

In addition to being chairman of 
Governor Dummer's History Department from 
1957 through 1970, Sperry is responsible for 
having begun the Advanced Placement 
program at GDA in 1960. He also originated 
the Academy's Honor Society, and served as 
secretary of Cum Laude for a decade. 

A renowned and successful track coach, 
Sperry also coached football from 1956 to 
1963, before establishing the Academy's men's 
cross-country team in 1964 and the women's 
track team in 1971. For a time, until 1970, he 
was coaching runners in all three seasons. 

of history, Sperry "taught me the pleasures 
and excitement of research and deepened my 

Machinist recalls with pride his 
experience writing a combined European 
history and ancient history paper for Sperry 
over the course of his senior year. With 

Peter B. Machinist 


Peter B. Machinist '62, who assumes the 
Hancock Professorship of Hebrew and Other 
Oriental Languages at Harvard this June, says 
he "owes a great deal to Bill Sperry." While he 
says he always had been interested in the field 

History Master: Bill Sperry instructs a history 
class in this current photo. 

"A favorite topic of conversation among students was Bill Sperry 's IQ. The 
gossip about him was that Bill had this tremendously high IQ — and 
nobody ever questioned the veracity of it." 

- Michael P. O'Leary 70 

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The Archon - Spring 1992 19 

Sperry's guidance, he says, he "learned the 
pleasures of wrestling with a topic." Without 
that "legacy," he says, "I wouldn't have been 
able to proceed further." 

"I was never a talented enough athlete 
to have had him as a coach," Machinist says, 
adding that he was always "amazed at 
[Sperry's] ability to coach and be an 
outstanding teacherf' Machinist adds, "He 
always managed to keep up with his field, 
though I don't know where he found the time 
to read." 

Michael P. O'Leary 


Physician Michael P. O'Leary 70 recalls 
that his strongest ties to Sperry were forged 
during O'Leary 's years on Sperry's track 
teams. "He was a wonderful coach," O'Leary 
says, noting that "because running is a solitary 
endeavor, the relationship with the coach is 
closer than in other sports." 

"A favorite topic of conversation among 
students," he says, "was Bill Sperry's IQ. The 
gossip about him was that Bill had this tre- 
mendously high IQ — and nobody ever ques- 
tioned the veracity of it." He remembers that 
Sperry "would never forget anything. His 
memory was sort of scary; he could quote 
anything he'd ever read, and tell anecdotes 
about anyone he'd ever met." 

Terrence C. Golden 


Terrence C. Golden '64, a spring track 
captain, remembers Sperry's energy: "No one 
could 'work a crowd' the way Bill Sperry could 
encourage his team across the expanse of an 
outdoor track on a spring day, and still 

manage to judge three-quarters of the events." 

"Even more impressive," Golden says, 
"Bill was winter track! We were the 'poor 
cousins' of the other teams. On the good days, 
we ran around potholes in the road, and on 
the bad, up the gym's back stairs. We never 
knew a 'home crowd advantage,' but we had a 
coach, full of enthusiasm and support." 

Golden recalls "the greatest GDA sports 
victory was when Bill squeezed six of his team 
in his small station wagon and drove them to 
an invitational meet so they could have an 
opportunity to compete. The six ended up 
winning the meet over ten full track squads. 
The victory was over a vacation period, and its 
memory slipped quickly and silently into the 
oblivion winter track always had one foot 
in . . . and eventually succumbed to." 

Golden sums up Sperry's contribution 
by saying, "Bill made a difference to everyone, 
and for many at GDA like me, he was the 

Anne Mackay-Smith 


Former Wall Street Journal reporter 
Anne Mackay-Smith 75, who currently is 
writing an historical novel, calls Sperry "a 
gifted teacher who always got class discussion 
going . . . which was hard to do." While a 
student in Sperry's Russian history course, she 
was impressed with the fact that he included 
historical novels as well as textbooks in the 
syllabus. "That had a big effect on me, 
because now I write historical novels. It made 
novels worthwhile from an historical point of 
view, and gave me a respect for writing in 
relation to history." 

"The most important quality of Bill 
as a teacher and a coach is that he 
has no favorites; every student is 
important to him. You may have 
been an average or poor student, 
but you were never less of a person 
in Bill's eyes." 

— John M. Mackenzie '65 

Coach: A young Bill Sperry poses in front of 
Alumni Gymnasium. 

John M. Mackenzie 


John M. Mackenzie '65, head- 
master of Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA, 
says, "I was an average history student who 
became a history teacher. I find myself copying 
Bill Sperry's methods of teaching." 

"When I was a student," Mackenzie 
remembers, "I used to ask Bill how anyone 
could love history so much. He would 
respond, 'The more you get into it, the more 
interesting it becomes.' I now say those same 
things to my students." 

Paying his former teacher the ultimate 
compliment, Mackenzie says, "The best model 
for being a good teacher is having once been 
a student of Bill Sperry. The most important 
quality of Bill as a teacher and a coach is that 
he has no favorites; every student is important 
to him. You may have been an average or 
poor student, but you were never less of a 
person in Bill's eyes." 

John M.C. Carroll 


Dorm Master: Bill Sperry relaxes in Ingham with his dorm charges in 1954. 

John M.C. Carroll '61, a Vermont State 
Senator, recalls this anecdote: "During my 
time at GDA, there was a general feeling of 
discontent about Bill Sperry's football team, of 
which I was a member. Everyone else seemed 
to feel that they could do a better job at 
coaching than Bill. Among those know-it-alls 
were myself and my co-captain Tom Woodruff, 
then in our junior year. There was close to a 
mutiny rising among our teammates, who 
wanted a successful senior year. So, that 

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20 The Archon - Spring 1992 

GDA Sports 



The Governor Dummer volleyball team 
chalked up a perfect record February 14, down- 
ing Buckingham Browne & Nichols as the finale 
to an undefeated 12-0 season. 

Co-captains Amy Daniels '92 and Tara 
Ryan '92 led the team to victory, using a 6-2 
offense this year. Daniels and Sara Wayne '94 
were the team's top setters, as Ryan and Charisse 
Charley '92 were fearsome as power hitters and 
Karen Filip '93 and Angela Ives '93 held the 
middle block positions. Coach Michelle Cahill 
also cited the efforts of Mercedes Paul '92 and 
Amanda Toner '92, who played a variety of 
positions during the season. 

The strong team and individual efforts won 
places for Daniels, Ryan and Wayne on the 
AISGA All-Star Volleyball team. The North 
Schools team, on which the GDA women played, 
defeated the South Schools team 2-1 at Governor 
Dummer on February 26. 

At the Varsity Awards Dinner March 25, 
the Coach's Award was presented to Mercedes 

Men's Basketball 

The men's basketball team reached the 
finals of the New England Class C Tournament 
for 1992, but lost 69-47 to Thayer when 
Independent School League leading scorer Joe 
Kirch '92 was forced to exit the game because of 
a sprained ankle. 

Guard Matt Remis '92 left the game 
because of ankle problems about five minutes 
after Kirch, further diminishing the Governors' 
chances of winning. 

The team finished the season with an 
overall 16-6 record, having won 11 straight 
games to reach the tournament. Team captain 
Andre Sheffield '92, who had 16 points in the 
championship game, led the team whose 
mainstays included Sean Naughton '92, Archie 
Seale '93 and Peter Eliot '92. 

Kirch was named the team's Most Valuable 
Player at the Varsity Awards Dinner. Naughton 
and Sheffield shared the Coach's Award for their 
outstanding contributions on behalf of the team. 

Top Scorer: GDA's leading scorer, Joe Kirch '92, 
goes for a lay-up as Andre Sheffield '92 moves 
in for the rebound. 


The wrestling team counted three place- 
winners in the Graves-Kelsey Tournament that 
completed its 4-6-1 season. 

Heavyweight Saiyid Brent '95 earned 
third-place tournament honors, while Nick 
LaPierre '92 and Takeshi Kawaji '94 earned 
fourth-place victories at 145 lbs. and 125 lbs. 
respectively. Coach Barry Graham noted that 
Steve Scully '92 turned in an excellent per- 
formance during the season, winning his final 
five straight matches. Alec MacLachlan, who 
emerged as the 152-pound champion of the 
Christmas tournament, was sidelined for the 
season with a broken arm — the result of the 
Belmont Hill match. 

Mr. Graham said the team's record "is not 
indicative of the team's capability," and noted that 
"after a very rough start," the wrestlers won all 
four of their final meets. 

Brent and Kawaji were named the team's 
co-MVPs, while LaPierre received the Heb Evans 
Award for his contributions to the team. 

Women's Hockey 

The GDA women's hockey team ended its 
season with a decisive 3-1 win against Brooks 
school. Lisa Widdecke '92 scored GDA's first 
goal to tie up the game and wing Katie Mack '93 
sealed the win with the final two goals. 

The Governors placed third in the Brooks/ 
Governor Dummer Academy Tournament earlier 
in the season, and later beat Middlesex (5-4) for 
the first time in the GDA women's hockey history. 
Coach Kristen Snyder commented on the girls' 
commitment to the sport and the enthusiasm 
they had for the GDA team. Ms.Snyder said that 
the efforts of center and MVP Lisa Widdecke '92 
and goalie Grace Jeanes '92 were key to the 
team's success. 

Near Fall: Sophomore Takeshi Kawaji, '92-93 co-captain elect, pinning his Lawrence opponent. 

Men's Hockey 

The GDA men's hockey team's hopes for 
the NEPSAC Division I hockey title were thwart- 
ed when it lost the quarterfinals to Avon Old 
Farms 3-4 on February 25. 

Despite the loss, the men finished second 
in the league, with 16 wins and only six loses. 
Coach Larry Piatelli praised the team for its hard 
work and commitment during the highly compe- 
titive season, noting that nine of the 16 wins 
were decided by one point margins. 

Four team members — Patrick Gervais 
'92, Toby Harris '92, Christopher Ruggiero '92 
and Peter Vasicko '92 — were named to the 
Independent School League's All-League team in 
recognition of their talents and accomplishments. 
Gervais and Ruggiero were elected the team's 
MVPs ,and Devin Sullivan '92 received the Paul 
Wasson award. 

Big Shot: Todd Spain '92 breaks through the 
Nobles defenses and takes a shot on goal. 

The Archon - Spring 1992 21 


GDA Sports 

Women's Basketball 

The GDA women's basketball team ended 
its season with a loss to Rivers School on 
February 22, leaving it a record of three wins 
and 12 losses. 

Coach Susie Childs noted that the team 
was young, with freshmen Megan DiTolla, Laurie 
Carrier, Ashley Russell, Jacqueline Bean, Chris- 
tine Holbrook and Madeleine Oelkers, sopho- 
more Rebecca Vieira, juniors Cara Endyke, 
Andrea Manning and Dawn Morrill, and senior 
captain Amy Hill. Ms. Childs commended the 
young women on their dedication and hard work 
throughout the season. 

Ms. Childs awarded the Coach's Award to 
Hill while Viera was named team MVR 

Scoring Position: Jackie Bean '95 evades 
opponents and shoots as Amy Hill '92 readies 
for the rebound. 

/ L 

Making the Play: GDA pitcher Steve Scully '92 
throws out a competitor at first base 

22 The Archon - Spring 1992 


Men's Baseball 

This year's baseball squad is off to a 
strong start with a 3-2 record to date, according 
to Coach Mike Moonves. 

The Independent School League is 
unusually competitive this year, Moonves said, 
but the Governors have a good chance of top- 
ping the league by the end of the season. The 
Governors suffered two one-run losses to Bel- 
mont Hill and BB&N, but had decisive wins over 
St. George's, Pingree and Groton. 

Senior captains Devin Sullivan and Steve 
Scully head the team, coached by Moonves, Bob 
Colgate, Dick Leavitt and Anthony Fusco '85. 

Men's Lacrosse 

The 1992 men's lacrosse team has the 
potential to lead the Independent School 
League, reports David Van Ness, head coach of 
the 25-man squad. 

After a close loss to Milton Academy April 
25, the team earned important victories over St. 
Paul's and St. George's giving them a 2-2 record 
to date. 

Coaches Scott Cooledge and Van Ness 
agree that the key to a winning season will be 
concentration on the "team" effort, rather than 
individual performances. The attack — led by 
seniors Chris and Stephen Peabody, freshman 
Jason Weiler and sophomore Damian Prescott, 
leading scorer to date — is the driving force of 
the team. Defensemen Josh Bromley '93, Jason 

Benedict '93 and Bob LeBlanc '92 seal up the 
backfield, and Patrick Gervais '92 tends the goal. 
Midfielder Tyler Maheu '92 and Stephen Peabody 
'92 captain the talented team. 

Women's Lacrosse 

The women's lacrosse team began its 
season with a spring trip to Bermuda for warm 
weather practice in preparation for the eight- 
week season. Players at all levels made the trip, 
ensuring a well-rounded and conditioned team. 

Coaches Patti Crowe and Sarah Southam 
note that the team has not yet hit its stride, and 
its 0-5 record is not indicative of the Governors' 
talent. The team is led by senior captains Deir- 
dre Heersink and Anne Rogers. With freshmen 
starters Amy Benedict and Ashley Russell and a 
large junior varsity squad, the future for 
Governor Dummer women's lacrosse is 
promising, says Crowe. 

Women's Tennis 

Despite the loss of three key players to 
graduation last June, this year's women's tennis 
team the potential for a successful season, 
reports coach Wally Rowe. 

With a 0-3 record to date, Coaches Rowe 
and Irina Okula are concentrating on developing 
individual skills in response to stiff league com- 
petition. This dedicated team, led by captain 
Tara Ryan '92, can expect to see overall improve- 
ment as the season progresses, says Rowe. 

In the Crease: GDA goaltender Patrick Gervais '92 fends off an opponent's shot. 

Women's Track 

"The future looks very bright for women's 
track," reports head coach MaryEllen Karin, who 
says this will be a growth season. 

In past years, the women's team has never 
had much depth, but has always done extremely 
well due to the efforts of experienced runners. 
This year's team includes only two seniors, 
Mercedes Paul and Nikki Holmes. The goal for 
this year's team is individual achievement and 
conditioning for the newcomers. 

Strong team members include sprinter 
Nicole Abdulla '94, hurdler and long jumper 
Rebecca Vieira '94, long distance runner Use 
Abusamra '93 and high-jumper Paul. Freshmen 
Jackie Bean, Elizabeth Byrne and Laurie Carrier 
should bring the team needed points. 

Men's Track 

With a strong first place finish at the 
Exeter relays, the team's first meet of the season, 
Coaches MaryEllen Karin, Bill Sperry and David 
Abusamra predict the men's track team will have 
its strongest season in years. 

The team's size has doubled since last 
year, giving the men the depth they need. The 
team members also are extremely competitive, 
Karin says, a combination that could bring them 
the Independent School League Division III title. 

Key members of the team include hurdler 
Cory Crain '93, sprinters Alec MacLachlan '93 
and Archie Seale '93, long distance runners Jon 
Stetler '95 and Tim O'Keefe '95, long and triple 
jumper Andre Sheffield '92 and throwers Saiyid 
Brent '95, Peter Costello *92, Victor Fidler '92, 
Randy Hemming '92 and Joe Montminy '92. 

Landing First: Hurdler Becky Vieira '94 maintains the lead against Thayer runners. 

Men's Tennis 

The 1992 men's tennis team is gearing up 
for a tough season against many nationally 
ranked players in the league, says Coach David 
Moore, whose team now holds a 1-3 record. 

According to Moore, the veteran team 
(seven seniors on an eight-man squad) is striving 
for a league record above .500, something Moore 
feels is realistic for the 1992 team. 

Ranked number one for GDA is Mark 
Foster '92, while number two is Reza Pribadi 
'94, number three is Matt Remis '92 and number 
four is senior captain Matt Masinter. 


The Governors placed second in their first 
match of the season against Exeter and Andover, 
and have had tough losses against Middlesex, 
Thayer and St. Mark's. 

Coach John Nichols notes that all of last 
year's players have returned, which adds to the 
strength and consistency of team. Players to 
watch include Martin Laperriere '93, Colin Nix 
'93 and Rob Kealler '93. 

Determination: Cory Crain '93 focuses on his 
next hurdle in a race against Thayer Academy. 

Putting the Shot: Governors' shot putter Randy 
Hemming '92 works for distance on his throw. 

In Flight: Andre Sheffield '92 reaches for 
distance in April's Thayer meet. 

The Archon - Spring 1992 23 


continued from page 15 

Reunion '92 

Class of 1977 Goes to Sea: 1977 saw the 
production of Dames at Sea on the GDA stage. 


In 1977, GDA saw the 
retirement of Old Guardsman 
Buster Navins after 41 years on the Governor 
Dummer faculty. He had begun his career in 
1936 as a biology teacher, and later became a 
Latin teacher, dormitory master, coach, and 
heir to Art Sager's speech class. The GDA 
baseball diamond was named Navins Field in 
1977, and Buster addressed the graduating 
class at Commencement. 

GDA students were increasingly aware of 
the world around them in 1977. Nine students 
traveled to Italy with the Language Depart- 
ment during spring break for a "greater un- 
derstanding of foreign cultures, customs and 
heritage." The field hockey team traveled to 
Bermuda that year to join international com- 
petition. In April, GDA students voiced their 
concerns about nuclear power by joining 30 
groups from all over the U.S. to demonstrate 
against the Seabrook nuclear power plant. 

The 1977 men's lacrosse team became 
the Northern Division Lacrosse Champions 
and enjoyed a 12-3 record. David Phippen and 
Joe Pietrafesa captained the team, and both 
were named to the Eastern New England All- 
Star Team. The varsity basketball team ad- 
vanced to the semi-finals of the Independent 
School League Class "C" Tournament before 
a loss to the Hyde School. 

At Commencement '77, Heather Blair 
was awarded both the Morse Flag and the 
Thorndike Hilton Cup, and the Academy Prize 
went to Michael MacAleenan. Tom Knudsen 
won the Goodwin Athletic Prize, and Sarah 
Barry was awarded the Anne Marie Murphy 


In 1982, GDA celebrated its 
tenth year of coeducation, 
and saw many improvements on campus. The 
Murphy-Frost Arena was dedicated in January 
to honor Old Guardsman Mac Murphy and 
Alumnus and Trustee Morris Frost at the '82 
alumni hockey game. On the lacrosse field, 
Bob Anderson and Heb Evans were honored 
for their 25 years as coaches. 

Kittie Mercer retired in 1982 and Head- 
master Jack Ragle announced his retirement 
(effective in 1983). GDA gained five new 
faculty members: Joy Mulligan, Larry Tretler, 
Pickney Johnson and Neil Glickstein came to 
campus, and Chris Harlow became the first 
Assistant Headmaster, a position the Trustees 
created in 1982. 

Master and '82ers: Seniors Jim Taormina, John 
Krigbaum, Shane Tyler, Heather Vickers, Claire 
Dober, Martha Law lor and Nancy Lord join 
"Dad" Chris Harlow for a photo. 

GDA received its share of national 
television coverage in 1982. Trustee Skip 
Pescosolido was featured on CBS' "60 
Minutes," and the basketball team's New 
England Class "C" Championships were 
covered on ABC and CBS. Basketball star 
Andre LaFleur was the darling of the season, 
bringing recognition to himself and the 
Academy. Heb Evans' wrestling team also had 
a successful season, finishing first in the 
Graves-Kelsey Tournament. 

The Class of '82 will remember the 
Cottage fire, which displaced the second floor 
residents for a week, and their class prank of 
"papering" the library. 

At Commencement, the impact of ten 
years of women at GDA was evident. The 
Morse Flag was awarded to Claire Dober, and 
Ann Rooney won the Academy Prize. The 
Goodwin Athletic Prize went to Robert Low 
and the Anne Marie Murphy Prize was 
awarded to Alison Miller. Brian Freeman was 
the recipient of the Thorndike Hilton Cup. 

Honors: Members of the 1987 Cum Laude 
Society gathers in the Mansion House 


The Academy's 26th 
headmaster, Peter Bragdon, 
joined the GDA community with the freshman 
Class of '87. At graduation of that year, he was 
presented with an honorary degree, making 
him a part of the Class forever. With Mr. 
Bragdon's arrival on campus, the students 
became increasingly involved in the 
"community" the Bragdons created. The Class 
of '87 helped initiate the first Saturday night 
Open House at the Mansion House, which 
have since become a permanent part of 
student life. Everyone remembers Mr. Brag- 
don's hat bobbing among the crowds at the 
sporting events, both at home and away, and 
Mrs. Bragdon's spring ritual of sprucing up 
her garden only to have it crushed by 
"jumping" graduates. 

Robb Morse and David Miller led the 
men's soccer team through the best season 
the 50-year-old team had seen in 25 years. 
The field hockey team, coached by MaryEllen 
Letvinchuk (now Karin) and captained by 
Karen Patton and Amy Mack, had its most 
successful season since 1975. The football 
team... well, the football team did win one 
game when promised a Headmaster's Holiday 
in exchange for a victory. Coach Jim Scheideg- 
ger and captains Greg Waldman and Bill 
Dumoulin ensured an enthusiastic team 
despite the losses. 

Steve Metz's basketball team, led by 
captains Ben Williams and Chris Dobrosielski, 
defeated Thayer to win the New England Class 
"C" Championships. Coach Larry Piatelli and 
captain Todd Crabtree led the hockey team to 
a second place finish in the New England 
Tournament. Tim "Hoagie" Carmichael was 
selected as the most outstanding wrestler of 
the Graves-Kelsey Tournament, and was the 
Boston Globe Wrestler-of-the-Year. He and 
Greg Waldman were selected to the Daily 
News All-Star Team, marking the first time 
GDA wrestlers had been chosen. 

The Class of '87 enjoyed many extra- 
curricular activities including an imaginary trip 
to Brantwood in the fall and a Senior Skip 
Day (which eventually was "skipped" altogeth- 
er). Luckily, the Senior Beach Day was a hit, 
as temperatures reached the high 50s, perfect 
for sunning and swimming. 

As dancers the Class of '87 was very 
talented. For the Special Olympics, '87ers 
joined other classes for the most profitable 
dance-a-thon anyone could have expected. 

By June, most of the original Class of 
'87 had made it to graduation, though a few 
were sorely missed. Anita Russo was awarded 
the Morse Flag, and Chris Dobrosielski won 
the Academy Prize. It came as no surprise to 
see Peter Barton win the Thorndike Hilton 
Cup. David Miller and Amy Mack won the 
Goodwin Athletic Prize and the Anne Marie 
Murphy Award respectively. __ 

24 The Archon - Spring 1992 

continued from page 12 

Add Women . . . 

Although it is exciting to see these 
kinds of changes occurring at Governor 
Dummer, it is important not to assume we 
have successfully addressed all the chal- 
lenges coeducation presents. There is much 
work to be done The AAUW report sug- 
gests that schools continue to address these 
issues by training teachers in gender issues, 
adopting gender-sensitive multicultural 
curricula that avoid stereotyping and reflect 
differences in learning styles, increasing 
efforts to involve girls in the study of math 
and science, establishing tough policies on 
sexual harassment, and improving programs 
in health and sexuality that address issues 
such as eating disorders, sexual abuse and 
various forms of discrimination. Many of the 
necessary changes, however, have as much to 
do with our personal commitment to growth 
as with the institution of new policies and 
programs. Taking these issues seriously also 
entails re-thinking the "hidden curriculum." 
Students are keen observers; they see what 
we reward and what we discourage, they 
notice how we respond to situations that 
occur in our classrooms and dormitories, 
and they know whom we take seriously. 

"Given the research that indicates 
girls are less likely to take ad- 
vanced courses in chemistry and 
physics or pursue careers in 
science, the interdisciplinary 
approach and hands-on learning 
style of SCIENCE 2000 looks 
promising . . . The new curriculum, 
with its emphasis on collaborative 
learning, varieties of teaching 
methods and the role teachers play 
as partners in learning also is an 
exciting change in the direction of 
appreciating differences." 

Governor Dummer is a community 
that cares deeply about its members, is 
concerned with building self-confidence and 
encouraging self-reflection, and is committed 
to producing well-educated and compassion- 
ate human beings. I trust that as GDA con- 
tinues to face the challenges of coeducation 
and multiculturalism, it will draw on its 

strengths as a community and nurture in its 
members a receptivity to new ideas, a wil- 
lingness to question old assumptions and a 
commitment to listen in a genuine effort to 

Julia L. Duff '80, who was All-League 
lacrosse team captain and winner of the 
Anne Marie Murphy Athletic Prize at GDA, 
was graduated from the College of William 
and Mary, where she also starred in la- 
crosse. She began her teaching career at 
Exeter in 1985, teaching philosophy, work- 
ing in admissions and coaching hockey and 
lacrosse She has been a member of the 
USA Women's Lacrosse Team and the World 
Cup Lacrosse Team. She currently is 
completing a doctorate in education at 
Stanford University. Ea 

1 AAUW Report on "How Schools Shortchange Girls" 
researched by the Wellesley College Center for Research on 
Women (1991). 

continued from page 20 

Bidding farewell . . . 

winter, after our junior year football season, 
Tom and I were designated to have a talk with 
Bill Sperry about his coaching techniques, and 
what we wanted to see happen with next year's 
team. We were determined not to have 
another 1-7 season. 

"Over dinner with Bill and Marty, we 
proceeded to basically tell him that he was not 
a very good coach. It must have been very 
hard for him to sit there and listen to us. That 
is exactly what he did. He did not get angry; 
he listened courageously and patiently to 
some pretty harsh criticism from some high 
school juniors. He not only listened to us, but 
he talked to us and actually implemented 
some of what we said. 

"The following season was one of total 
transformation. It was amazing. We were 8-1 
by the end. It took incredible determination 
on the part of some senior players, coach 
[Bob] Anderson and even [Headmaster] Val 
Wilkie, who would come out and work with 

"You could always tell when spring 
had arrived at Governor Dummer; 
Mr. Sperry stopped wearing 

- Peter G. Barton '87 

us. It was Bill Sperry who made the difference 
that year. It was his unique gift of working 
with kids — and listening to them — that 
taught them." 

Marc K. Tucker 


Attorney Marc K. Ticker '68, who was 
recently appointed to the Massachusetts Ap- 
pellate Tax Board, was co-captain of Sperry's 
spring track team. He remembers an incident 
in which members of the team decided to es- 
tablish an award that would be given to an 
athlete of exemplary "dedication, character 
and enthusiasm." 

"We approached Bill Sperry and said we 
wanted to name the award after him," Tucker 
said, describing the "high regard and 
affection" they held for their coach. " Are you 
hinting at my early retirement?' " he says 
Sperry asked. The team members didn't 
understand, so Sperry explained that awards 
usually are named for people "who were 
retiring or dead, and I'm neither" 

Tucker says that it was just that sort of 
"humility and humor" that had inspired them 
to name the award after Sperry. (As a result of 
Sperry's declining the honor, the award was 
named "The Senior Award") 

Peter G. Barton 


Peter G. Barton '87 calls Sperry "the 
fairest grader I ever had," and "one of the best 
teachers I ever had." Sperry, he says, "is very 
thorough in his understanding" of all subjects, 
and "nearly impossible to stump." He laughs, 
remembering, "I was never able to BS Mr. 

Another memory amuses Barton, who 
recalls, "You could always tell when spring had 
arrived at Governor Dummer; Mr. Sperry 
stopped wearing sweaters." 

"Bill was winter track! We were the 'poor cousins' of the other teams. On 
the good days, we ran around potholes in the road, and on the bad, up the 
gym's back stairs. We never knew a 'home crowd advantage,' but we had a 
coach, full of enthusiasm and support." 

— Terrence C. Golden '64 

The Archon - Spring 1992 25 



Bom to Joyce and Peter Barkin '68, a daughter, 
Claire Emily; January 29, 1992. 

Adopted by Susan and Art Veasey '68, a son, 
Robert Arthur; born May 20, 1991. 

Born to Gatia and George Freimarck '72, a 
daughter, Olivia; August 10, 1991. 

Born to Harriet and John Blake '73, a 
daughter, Rebecca Sophia; February 7, 1992. 

Born to Staci and Derek Bergmann '75, a 
daughter, Kendall Claire; April 25, 1992. 

Born to Thanassis and Helen Mackay-Smith 
Mazarakis '80, a son, George Alexander 
Mazarakis; January 20, 1992. 

Born to Chris and Pamela Kurtz Welch '80, a 
son, Graham Donnelly Welch; January 21, 1992. 

Bom to Ian and English master Sally Jarrett, a 
daughter, Lindsay Colbath, eight pounds, 14 
ounces; April 3, 1992. 


Scott Cameron '67 and Cindy Guthrie, 
February 1992. 

Anne Pollock '86 and John Briggs, 
August 3, 1991. 


John G. Adden, class of 1931, died on January 
9, 1992. He was 80 years old. After graduating 
from Governor Dummer, he went into the furni- 
ture business, becoming owner and manager of 
Adden Furniture in Boston, MA. He was a 
resident of Camden, ME, at the time of his 
death, and had been involved in the Merryspring 
Foundation of Camden, a group dedicated to 
nature parks in the area. The Merryspring 
Foundation will hold a memorial service for Mr. 
Adden on June 18, 1992, his birthday. He leaves 
his wife, Olive Adden; a daughter, Anne Carroll, 
wife of Charles Carroll '58 of South Freeport, 
ME; a son, John G. Adden of London, England; 
and six grandchildren. 

John Gilbert Adden '31 

Russell B. Patton, class of 1934, died December 
10, 1991, after suffering from Alzheimer's 
Disease. He was 76 years old. After graduating 
from Governor Dummer, he received his 
bachelor's degree from Lafayette College in 
1938. He then worked as a sales and service 
representative of automotive equipment for Multi 
Line Co. He was a member of Automotive 
Boosters International and The Lions Club. He 
leaves his wife, Charlotte A. Patton of Manlius, 
N.Y., and a son, Russell B. Patton, Jr. 

Russell Boynton Patton '34 

William V. Cristman, class of 1947, died April 
5, 1992, after suffering a massive heart attack. 
He was 64. Upon graduation from Governor 
Dummer, he attended Amherst College for two 
years, and received his bachelor's degree in 
science and business administration from Babson 
College in 1955. He then worked as Manager of 
Business Development for Pratt and Lambert for 
35 years. He retired in June, 1990, and became a 
part-time pastoral lay assistant at Hope Lutheran 
Church in Virginia Beach. He leaves his wife 
Beatrice E. Cristman, and two sons, William 
Cristman, Jr. and Clyde Cristman. 

William B. Hoyt, class of 1955, died of an 
apparent heart attack on March 25, 1992. He 
was 54. After graduating from Governor Dum- 
mer, he received his bachelor's degree from 
Hamilton College in 1960, and taught American 
and European history at the Park School of 
Buffalo, N.Y., until 1971. He served on the 
Buffalo Common Council, representing the 
Delaware District, from 1970 to 1974, and then 
was elected to the New York State Assembly in 
1975, a position he held until his death. Mr. 
Hoyt was chairman of the Assembly Standing 
Committee on Energy, and the Assembly 
Subcommittee on Child Abuse. He was also Vice 
Chairman of the National Conference of State 
Legislatures' Committee on Environment, 
Natural Resources, and served on many task 
forces for women's issues, child abuse and 
environmental issues. He leaves his wife, Susan 
Curran Hoyt of Buffalo, N.Y.; and four children, 
John, Whitney, Sam and Cary. i™ 

continued from page 10 

Toys . . . 

The unit, when you finally open up 
the base, is comprised of a battery, a coil, an 
iron core and a transistor. In effect, you have 
a brushless d.c. motor. The "innards" serve 
to magnify the magnetic field made by the 
moving magnet. Since friction would ulti- 
mately stop the motion, the battery provides 
electromagnetic energy and increases the 
magnet's rotational energy. The transistor 
acts as an automatic switch, shutting the 
motor off when the magnet is not moving. 

This allows me to make a prediction to 
a mystified audience: Based on my use, the 
machine will "run" for about six months. A 
very simplified version of Lenz's Law governs 
this toy: as the magnet passes over one coil, 
it induces an electric current, which in turn 
produces a magnetic field that repels the ap- 
proaching magnet. (The current in coils A 
and B go in different directions.) (Fig.3) You 
can investigate electromagnetic induction by 
wrapping a wire around a tube to form a 
coil, and attach each end to an inexpensive 
multimeter. Pass a magnet in and out of the 
coil, and you will notice a current that 
changes direction on the meter. See the 
effects when you place the toy near the an- 
tenna of a radio set to the AM dial. The 
moving top activates a current which 
produces radio waves. 

Now it's time for you to go shopping 
for some "physics toys." Where do you look? 
In unlikely places. Certainly, many can be 
found in toy store chains or in science sup- 
ply catalogs, such as Edmund Scientific. 
Museum gift shops are another source — 
and not just science museums, but art muse- 
ums and the various museums of the Smith- 
sonian. Airport gift shops are so fruitful that 
whenever I fly I always look for lay-overs in 
different airports. Magic and joke shops 
might seem unlikely places, but many stan- 
dard magic tricks use physics — most 
notably those done with mirrors. Mail order 
catalogs from gift shops such as Spencer 
Gifts and the Nature Company have a variety 
of physics novelties. But don't overlook the 
obvious; inexpensive toys from the drug 
store or supermarket also work very well (I 
even bartered with an eight-year-old to trade 
his birthday party favor — a blow-pipe that 
demonstrates Bernoulli's Law — for a shiny 
quarter!). Pack up your spare change, un- 
leash your curiosity and have "phun" with 
physics toys. 

© 1992 Karen Bouffard W 

26 The Archon - Spring 1992 

Class Notes 

Pre '39 

Harold H. Audet, Secretary 
511 Crocker Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 

T Gerald May '26 will be on campus in 
June for reunion weekend. It will be his 67th 
reunion, and his class expects to have the high- 
est percentage of returns in the Old Guard 
category. T Marshall Clinard '28 writes, "The 
eighth edition of my Sociology of Deviant Beha- 
vior was published in January, 1992, which 
makes it the oldest sociology textbook now in 
use. Because of my wife's recent heart difficulties 
I went alone to Europe in September, traveling in 
North Italy. Now I have just returned from 
another trip alone, this time spending three 
weeks in India. I have travelled there often, 
returning to favorite places that I knew well when 
I was working there for the Ford Foundation 
about 30 years ago. This time I traveled from 
north to south and east to west, largely by train." 
T James McClellan '28 is preparing an exhibit 
of his work as a sculptor that will be on display 
at GDA during Reunion Weekend. Later in the 
summer the exhibit will appear in Colorado. ▼ 
John Chandler '29 tells me that he has been in 
poor health for about nine months, and does not 
expect to be well enough to make the next 
reunion. He would like to hear from any of his 
old classmates. T Warren Lane '29 now lives in 
Washington, D.C., and sent an interesting note 
about his experiences at GDA with Doc "Eye" as 
one of his instructors. I assume that he is refer- 
ring to Headmaster Ingham. He also reminisced 
about some of his trips to Boston with Peter 
Albiani '28. ▼ Jack Cushman '32 is still 
playing golf regularly, and manages to shoot his 
age frequently. He claims that the warm weather 
in the San Diego area helps him keep the score 
down. T Terry Staples '32 spent the winter in 
Jupiter, FL, and will go to Murry Bay in Canada 
to celebrate his 80th birthday. In June he will be 
in Byfield for the 60th reunion of the class of 
'32. His chief problem now is his golf scores, and 
he reports that a double bogie is common and a 
par is a big thrill. T Jim Connolly '33 is practic- 
ing law on a part-time basis, and his partners are 
his son and his daughter-in-law. He still has his 
sloop "Thetis", and will spend the summer cruis- 
ing in the Gulf of Maine. T Warren Johnson '33 
and his wife Mary have a set of 24 white chapel 
handbells. They perform regularly throughout 
New Hampshire and are the only ringers who 
have the audience participate with them in the 
ringing of the bells. Warren is looking forward to 
attending his 60th reunion in June 1993. T 
Doug Rowley '33 has retired after 35 years as a 
professional photographer. He now spends the 
winter in La Jolla, CA, and the summer in New 
Hampshire. ▼ In July, 1991, Ray Dunn '34 had 
surgery for an aneurysm of the aorta, and since 
then his recovery had been very slow. He has 

been home for several months, but is still weak. 
▼ George Bovenizer '36 had cancer surgery 
three years ago, and the malignancy is now in a 
state of remission. However, the disease has 
zapped much of his energy, and he regrets that 
he is not as active as he would like to be. T 
Tbm Nathan '36 has retired from the retail 
lumber business, and keeps busy as a volunteer 
math teacher for third graders. He dates his 
interest in math to a class he took under Mr. 
Mitchell in 1935. ▼ John Barrows '37 has 
returned to Florida after a trip to Israel. He is 
looking forward to seeing Tbm Nathan when 
Tom makes his projected trip to the Keys for sun 
and a lot of fishing. T Ed Murphy '37 has 
retired for the second time, and now lives on 
Cape Neddick in Maine. He spent 35 years as a 
banker in Massachusetts, and 13 years as a writer 
for the local paper in Brownsville, VT His letter 
was postmarked Jacksonville, FL, but he did not 
mention that he is now a snowbird. ▼ Chuck 
Somerby '37 has retired as an active newsman, 
but still does a regular column for his old paper. 
He lives in Milton, FL, and he and his wife are 
active in the local historical society, and in the 
preservation of the city. He is still a Red Sox fan, 
and spends part of the winter in Winter Haven 
watching their spring training. T Hank 
Cleaveland '38 is no longer with the state of 
Maine, but is still active in the treatment of 
people who are suffering from substance abuse. 
After years of prodding, he will see a halfway 
house for adolescent abusers opened this spring. 
In June he will be at Amherst for his 50th 
reunion. He will be accompanied by his son, who 
will celebrate his 25th reunion. T Sam Kitchell 
'38 is still chairman of Kitchell Construction, but 
has given up the job of CEO. He spends the 
summer months in the San Juan Islands of 
Washington, and last winter took a cruise to the 
Antarctic. T Phil Lees '38 is in Winter Haven, 
FL, for the winter and hopes to see Jack Bell as 
well as other members of the Class of '38 snow- 
bird club. T Cliff Sinnett '38 is now our chief 
snowbird. Instead of Florida, he spends part of 
the winter in Puerto Rico. T Bob Schumann 
'40 graciously hosted a GDA reception at his 
home in Delray Beach, FL, on March 10. I 
couldn't reach Schu by phone, but Stuart Chase 
was there, so there may well be a paragraph or 
captioned photo elsewhere in this issue noting 
any other '40 members who attended. 


Donald W. Stockwell, Secretary 
8 Country Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301 

T Both Jack Dunlap and Phil Simpson 

replied too late to make the Winter issue of The 
Archon but, as promised, their contributions 
made the following issue. Phil spent Thanksgiv- 
ing in Ft. Meyers, and skied at Sugarloaf, ME, 

over Christmas. We assume he's back on his 
boat, "Flame," at the municipal yacht basin in 
Ft. Meyers, enjoying fun in the sun. Jack and his 
wife had quite a time trying to get out of the 
country for a cruise through the Caribbean and 
up the Amazon. Seems they got aboard the ship 
but, much to their dismay, found they had no 
passport. They began to think they mistakenly 
threw them into the wastebasket at the Logan 
Hilton in Boston. Because they couldn't get out 

Holding Court: Matthew Hannon '39 enjoys the 
DC. reception. 

of the U.S. territory without a passport, they 
were off-loaded in Puerto Rico. Fortunately, all 
was not lost as they had a great time on the 
island. Once back home, Jack had occasion to 
reach in his tennis bag for some clothes and, lo 
and behold, two passports appeared! He now 
informs us that because senility is advancing so 
rapidly it's probably the last news we'll hear from 
him. We hope not, because his escapades cer- 
tainly make interesting reading. T Don Kelsey 
and his wife Fran have retired from innkeeping 
and advertising and are living in an old 1777 
house in the Berkshires where they enjoy cross- 
country skiing in the winter and tennis and golf 
in the summer. In between, Don does house 
painting, maintenance, woodworking and garden- 
ing. They both like to travel. T Tbm Tenney is 
still playing golf and tennis, but advises his 
performance is on the down side. If this is so, 
now is the time for Hank Payson to take him on 
and get some of his money back. Tom apparently 
returned a call from John Klotz but never heard 
from him again. We can well understand because 
the world traveler was flitting about France about 
that time. John enumerates a number of the 
places he visited and even tried out his French 
on me. George Freiday, our former French men- 
tor, would be aghast. Talk about a bon vivant, 
John Klotz has got to be the ultimate. T Chuck 
Hewitt has retired from the world of investments 
and is living in North Ft. Meyers, enjoying a life 
of leisure with golf occupying some of his spare 
time. ▼ Although having no special news to re- 
late, Spence Brewster is alive and well, which he 
attributes to a positive approach to life. No truer 

The Archon - Spring 1992 27 

Class Notes 

words could be spoken for those of us who may 
be advancing in years. T John Gannett, who is a 
regular and loyal contributor to this column, 
reports that his boat, "Cobbosseecontee", will 
soon be an operational facility of the USCG 
Auxiliary. Where in the world did he ever come 
up with this name? His wife Pat enjoys swimming 
in the sunny climes when she is not scrubbing 
the deck. ▼ Can anyone out there beat George 
Hubbell's record? Last July his family celebrated 
the 100th anniversary of his grandparents 
wedding. From that marriage the family has 
grown to 170! Fifty of them gathered at the 
Hubbell compound on Lake Champlain in Chazy, 
NY. George and Loretta proudly accepted the 
prize for the largest family group present (18). 
What a bash that must have been! No wonder a 
reported tremor was felt on the Vermont side of 
the lake. ▼ In my class letter I listed those 
members who were considered "Lost." Although 
we didn't make much headway, we learned 
Gordon Tboley is spending the winter playing 
golf and tennis at Amelia Island, FL, and enjoy- 
ing summer in North Carolina. ▼ We were sad- 
dened to learn Bill Cochran apparently passed 
away some time ago. If any other "Lost" mem- 
bers can be located, let me know. If they don't 
want to appear in print, I'll respect their wishes. 


Lawrence N. Van Doren, Secretary 
30 Glenside Road, South Orange, NJ 07079 

T Our suggested topics, the war and our 
wives, brought the following: ▼ Jim Quirk: "I 
was a lieutenant in the Air Corps — a B29 
navigator. I have been blessed with a wonderful 
wife of 50 years this May. I have eight children, 
seven girls and one boy; also 13 grandchildren. I 
am retired now and make my home in Naples, 
FL." T Andy Bailey: "My bride of 47 years is 
just as attractive as ever. We both play tennis and 
golf and still enjoy our European trips, usually 
each year. 1992 looks like a cooking school in 
Positano, Italy for both of us — i.e. learn the 
complexities of olive oils! In June we are off to 
play the courses in South Ireland, so it's not all 
work." T Larry Van Doren: "As for my better 
half, I met her in her sandbox. We went to the 
same grade school, the same church, the same 
tennis club. After the war we married, she put up 
with a lot until I grew up, and then we lived 
happily ever after. She just suits me fine." The 
Van Dorens recently returned from a 10-day tour 
of the museums, cathedrals and fleshpots of 
Florence, Venice and Rome. Glorioso! ▼ Charlie 
McDowell: Trained in anti-aircraft, went to 
infantry OCS, became 2nd Lt. Infantry. To ETO 
as replacement, ended up in Co.A, 27th 
Armored Infantry BN, 9th Armored Division — 
the unit that captured Remagen Bridge in March 
1945. Missed that action because wounded just 

prior. Hospitalization in England... home... VJ Day. 
Served in USA with 8th Infantry Division (MO) 
and 2nd Infantry Division (Texas). Discharged 

1946. Next Dartmouth, University of Virginia 
Law School (graduated 1950), went to work for 
Sloll Oil in Houston. Then Korean War: took 
regular commission with Navy as lawyer. Stayed 
30 years, ending up as Judge Advocate General 
(retired 1980). "I met my wife Carolyn (Candy) in 

1946 while stationed at Camp Swift, where she 
was doing graduate work in psychology at the 
University of Texas in Austin. We married in 

1947 when I graduated from Dartmouth — and I 
am still married to her!" ▼ Jim Dodge: Was 
enlisted man in Station Hospital, March Field 
AFB, Riverside, CA, from 1942 until 1944 doing 
administrative work. Then joined 115th General 
Hospital going overseas in June 1944 in Sgt. 
Major's office. Received direct commission 2nd 
Lt. Medical Administrative Corps about January 
1945. Stayed in U.K. doing administrative work 
until I got out in September 1946 as 1st Lt. U.S. 
Army M.A.C. "My wife Mary Howe is the 
greatest. She's Canadian and went to Radcliffe. 
Was president of her freshman class there in 

1947. She left to marry me, and we now have 
seven children and 13 great-grandchildren. She is 
a 12-handicap golfer (we golf most of the time 
when we can). She is active in amateur golf 
associations, bridge clubs, church activities, hos- 
pital volunteer work — and looking after me. 
Man, that's a lot of work!" T Bill Tbrrey: Enlis- 
ted in February 1942 for pilot training in U.S. 
Air Corps. Finally "washed out" for dangerous 
flying in September 1942 and assigned to B-26 
bomber squadron engaged in training free 
French and women ferry pilots in Dodge City, 
KS. June 1944 arrived in Panama Canal Zone 
and assigned to squadron headquarters at Rio 
Hato bomber base. In April 1945 sent to bomber 
base on Seymour Island in Galapagos. Returned 
to U.S.A. - discharged in 12/25/45! "Married 
Joy (nee LeSauvage) in 1948 after several years 
of courtship. We have two married sons and 
three grandchildren. Joy has been a wonderful 
wife and our marriage is very happy. Fortunately 
for me, Joy has retained her youthful looks and 
enthusiasm." ▼ Dana Babcock: Corporal 
1942-1946, 1901st Engineer Aviation BN... 
invasion of Okinawa, April 1, 1945... captured and 
repaired Kadena air strip on Okinawa for Marine 
and Army planes three days after D-Day there. 
Moved to Korea after war in 1945 to do same for 
Kimpo airfield, 10 miles from Seoul. ..home to 
U.S. after four months in Osaka, Japan, as 
invasion occupation troops in March 1946. "Wife 
Pam died in November 1991 after 43 great years. 
Had history of heart problems but died peace- 
fully in her sleep. Leaves me and four kids and 
eight grandchildren. Great homemaker/' T You'd 
think officiating at the Winter Olympics would be 
enough for a while for Ben Wright, but no: he'll 
be doing the same at the Worlds in Oakland in 

March, and attending the ISU Congress at 
Davos, Switzerland in June. Meanwhile, he has 
completed his History of the International 
Skating Union. We read in the Wall Street 
Journal that at Albertville Ben had a hand in 
banning the more provocative ladies' costumes, 
claiming that loose sequins and beads falling on 
the ice endanger skaters. Spoilsport! ▼ Ted 
Munro has now moved permanently to Florida, 
where he and Mary enjoy golf and beach. He 
looks back fondly on our Fiftieth. "Any time you 
can move Don Mortimer off his (chair— Ed.) it 
had to be a good time," Ted says. Still a big band 
buff, he recently caught Harry Connick, Jr/s act 
in West Palm and says he's good — though not 
quite up to the standard of "The Court." ▼ This 
from David Gearhart: "A wedding at which I 
officiated in Naples in December led to a lunch 
with Bob Lyle and lovely wife. Our first meeting 
in over 50 years. He has given up soccer and 
lacrosse for golf. Probably to my financial welfare 
we had no chance to play. Harriet has now re- 
tired from the travel business, but we enjoyed a 
visit to my exchange parish in England in 
November, returning on the QE2, even up the 
Chesapeake Bay. Harriet still walks faster than I, 
but I can keep up with her if I bicycle. Miles 
River Parish continues to put up with me as 
Priest in Charge so my complete retirement is 
still in the future." T Pete Farnum and Edie are 
RV enthusiasts. They've zapped around Europe 
and from coast to coast, northern route and 
southern route. They make many new friends — 
and make no motel reservations. With five 
children and nine grandchildren, winter usually 
finds Pete in his woodworking shop, making 
furniture for all the family households, or skiing 
with the youngsters — free lifts for 70 plus. ▼ 
From Al Hutchinson: "I was in the ROTC at the 
University of Maine with Bob Nutter, Jim 
Henneberry, Pete Farnum and I guess John 
Nissen and we went our various ways in the 
service. I didn't like the Army so I transferred to 
the Air Corps, B-17 and B-29. Before I could get 
all my training the war was over and I went back 
to Maine. Luckily I found a wonderful girl whom 
I wouldn't have met if I had graduated in 1944. 
We have four children and nine grandchildren. 
We all live in Maine except one of my boys. Edie 
and I have bees, chicken and tap about 40 trees 
and will end up with about 10 gallons of maple 
syrup. We're quite active in abandoned cemetery 
restoration, we both sing in the choir of the 
church and have been accepted by the people 
very well. We moved from Danvers in 1987. After 
30 years as a Trustee of the Danvers Savings 
Bank I was too far from the action and I had to 
resign. Every so often I read Art Sager's 'The 
Master Speaks.' It is an excellent guide to 
effective speaking. I took his course at Governor 
Dummer after graduating. He's quite a guy. Art, 
my football coach, gave me many pointers on 
how to drop-kick and punt to the coffin corner. 

28 The Archon - Spring 1992 


Our western Cedar house is on top of a hill with 
a beautiful view of the mountains of New 
Hampshire. All of our family built the house and 
we feel part of it." ▼ Norman Quint writes, 
"Enjoying life in Wolfeboro, NH. Retired from 
pharmacy in 1989. Retired as Chairman of the 
Board, Ipswich Cooperative Bank, 1991. Still 
active on Beverly Hospital board, Action board 
and Caldwell Home board. Remarried October 
9th, 1991, at Lahina Maui to Patricia Herrick. I 
sure miss my friend Leigh Clark, a wonderful 


Class Secretary Needed 


50th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Edward W. Stitt, Secretary 
3233 N.E. 34th Street, 714, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 

▼ Thanks for all your notes and com- 
ments about reunion and the questionnaire. 
Additional persons planning to be at reunion 
include Bob Pickett, Jason Starr, Bud Wellman, 
Dick Lawson, Scott Pike and Norton Cushman. 
"Maybes" include Bob Kelly, John Mortimer, 
Brent Kuhnle and Shelden Connolly. ▼ Pete 
Klaussen, who can't make reunion, continues his 
life of skiing and ski-related activities in Olympic 
Valley, CA. ▼ Bill Macmillan also can't make 
reunion due to a very busy schedule "even in 
retirement."He plans to continue living in 
Tuscaloosa "for the next few years." T Neil Cox 
can't be with us at reunion due to a Rotary 
meeting in Orlando. Neil lives in Rocky Hill, CT, 
and has recently been elected as Rotary District 
Governor. Hank Skinner, Dave Ritchie and Alex 
Murchie have all agreed to help with our 
Reunion Golf Tournament. With additional help 
from your secretary and his wife, it should be 
"interesting" — to say the least. T Dick Lawson 
continues to spend winters in Poncee Inlet, FL. 
He will be at reunion, and looks forward to 
seeing old friends. ▼ Bob Pickett is retired in 
Leesburg, FL, but keeps "busy with golf and 
yardwork." T Jon Fenn will be traveling the far 
west in his diesel coach at reunion time. He 
continues to travel six months in his RV, and 
spend six months in Green Valley, AZ. Your 
secretary has just been elected to another term 
as President of his 330-unit cooperative apart- 
ment (the largest coop in Florida), but these 
duties will not keep me from reunion. See you all 


Benjamin B. Brewster, Secretary 
88 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360 

T One certainly hopes that the participa- 

tion in the fund drive beats the participation 
index in the send-in-the-note-card project. It has 
really been fun for me to hear from the few that 
answered. I hope that the next batch will be 
thicker when you find what the rest of the class 
is doing and are inspired to pass along your 
news. I tried last spring, when in Hawaii, to catch 
up with Cy Savage. The nearest I came was to 
find his "Beware, the Savages" sign at the house 
on the beach in Puako on the big island. T Mai 
Burr, if my decoding of the signature is right, 
spent last summer in Siberia. T Ben Mann is 
headed for Norway with Al Weyer and their 
spouses. ▼ Peter Morgan does his traveling in a 
1913 Model T. He mentions Idaho, Montana, 
Wyoming and now Northern California and 
Oregon. What a way to see the country. Henry 
Ford would be proud of the Morgans. T Huck 
Leinbach has retired to Virginia, and offers a 
spot to moor beside his 30-year-old Egg Harbor. 
T Bill Wiswall is still putting in his time as a 
MD. He does get in some skiing in Europe, and 
sees Johnny Koslowski at tennis weekly. ▼ Al 
Weisberg seems to be among the few who are 
still gainfully employed. He is at Technic, and 
deeply involved in the Providence Jewelers 
Museum, which has an impressive list of sites for 
exhibits. T Dave Mason has moved from 
banking to the golf course. He didn't mention 
whether the comptroller influenced the move or 
not. ▼ Walter McGill is retired to Florida, and 
is eagerly awaiting any checks made out to GDA 
that may come his way. Phil Sawyer reported in 
from New York, but he didn't report what he was 
up to. Maybe he will enlighten us all in the next 
Notes. Please keep the cards and letters coming, 
Folks. It brings up many fine memories when you 
hear a name that you haven't thought of for a 
while. Give your classmates a break and let them 
keep up to date on you and yours. 


Benjamin Pearson, Secretary 
7 West Street, By field, MA 01922 


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Richard A. Cousins, Secretary 
71 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

T Sy Symonds has moved from Beverly 
to Montclair, NJ, and says he misses being close 
enough to the school to be able to step in for 
games. ▼ Arch Kingsley writes, "Playing and 
coaching hockey, sailing, drinking good rum and 
some bad — generally raising hell. Attempting to 
use computer. Annoying local and national politi- 
cians by giving unwanted advice. Thoroughly en- 
joying retirement, but driving wife nuts by being 
home so much, cheering Redskins." ▼ Brad 
Roberts sent the following message: "Moved 
from Lake Tahoe in January. New house all on 
one floor (after operations on both knees). Only 

reduced elevation by 1,000 feet, but winter is 
much shorter. Nice view of Reno, especially at 
night. Only minutes away from University of 
Nevada, Reno, where we attend most athletic 
events, and where I guest lecture and serve on 
the board of the foundation and multiple com- 
mittees. Despite loss of vision in one eye and bad 
knees, will be skiing this weekend." T Paul 
Withington reports he has brought his middle 
son, David, into the business and is slowly 
turning it over to him. "It's working out great as 
he not only seems to enjoy it, but is good at it." 


George E. Duffy II, Secretary 
Claybrook Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843 


45th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Daniel M. Hall, Secretary 
20 Hillcrest Road, Reading, MA 01867 


Charles (Pete) Houston Jr., Secretary 
10 Cross Street, Amherst, NH 03031 


Manson P. Hall, Secretary 
49 Elm Street, Wellesley, MA 02181 

T Robert Godfrey writes, "Retired after 
27 years with the Monsanto Co. and running a 
Bed & Breakfast for the past seven years in the 
quiet corner of Connecticut — The Samuel 
Watson House Bed & Breakfast, Thompson Hill, 
CT 06277." 

Forty-Niner: Tim Emery '49 and his wife Gale 
arrive for the Washington reception. 

The Archon - Spring 1992 29 

Class Notes 


Alan F. Flynn, Jr., Secretary 
1 Katherine Road, Rehoboth. MA 02769 

T The Class of '50 is off, but not yet 
really running. The good news is that some of 
you did respond to my appeal for help in 
bringing us together again through The Archon. 
If you are part of the silent majority, please get 
that card off to me before the next edition. T 
Reg Tbwner made a generous gift to the Annual 
Fund in memory of Tom Mercer. T Dick Patton 
is the founder and president of the GDA Alumni 
Association of Southern California, "the only 
association west of the Mississippi." (He is 
planning to pass the baton to Dick Bittner '51.) 
Dick says he is semiretired, alternating his time 
between the ski slopes and phone booths 
making securities trades. Last fall he enjoyed a 
boat charter in the south of France, and is 
working on Normandy for next fall after son, 
Robert, heads off to college. "It's hard to believe 
how fast they grow up." T Dave "Moose" 
Hersey has a new bride, former Brenda 
Heyward, two new children, Heyward (12) and 
Matthew (14) and a new address : 419 Walthour 
Road, Savannah, GA, 31410. He spent most of 
last August at Cape Ann, MA. He saw Rick 
Greenwood and George Laventis and their 
wives. "Wives much prettier" Still working, 
headed for U.K., but says, "come see me in 
Savannah. Plenty of room." Moose wants to get 
hold of Dave Esty. That should be easy. T Dave 
Esty provided this enthusiastic report: "Great 
wife, marriage, kids." He went on to say that his 
young adult kids prove that "parenting is life's 
biggest payoff." Dave is finding time beyond 
business life for ski patrolling, board sailing and 
writing. He is president of Amherst class of '54, 
and loves the interaction with classmates. T "My 
sixth year of retirement finds me happily 
unemployed," says Pete Steinwedell. Volunteer 
work with the American Cancer Society and the 
Connecticut Historical Society still leaves time 
for travel and home remodeling. Pete 
recommends Rockywold-Deep Haven Camp at 
Squam Lake, NH, for rest and relaxation. He 
welcomes all classmates passing by Hartford, CT, 
on 1-91 or 1-84. ▼ It was great to hear from Bill 
Fletcher, our class stamp dealer for 20 years, 
proprietor of Battle Green Stamp Co. of 
Lexington, MA. Since his son has purchased a 
condo at Loon Mt. in Lincoln, NH, Bill has 
taken up skiing for the first time since 
graduation from Middlebury. "You may see me in 
the next Olympics, if they have senior citizen 
events." T From Greene and Company, a 
consulting and placement firm in Cambridge, 
MA, comes news from Tim Greene. "Older 
daughter Betsy married in September, son Chris 
in appliance business in Mesa, AZ, younger 
daughter Jody sophomore at University of 
Massachusetts-Amherst, wife Debbie will receive 

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In the Capitol: Peter Gavian 50 (right) jokes 
with Anabel and Brad Crane 54. 

masters in social work at Simmons College in 
May." T Peter Gavian has moved his office 
to Tysons Corner, VA, and formed the partner- 
ship Gavian DeVaux Associates, managing 
mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. Pete 
is continuing as a trustee of the Calvert Group of 
Funds, a $4 billion mutual fund family. His ex- 
Peace Corps daughter is completing a Ph.D. in 
agricultural economics at Stanford and he hopes 
that she will return to Washington, D.C. Peter 
would love to hear from classmates; work phone 
number (703) 827-2795. T I had the good 
fortune, a few days ago, to run into Bob 
Dickerman at Providence Country Day School. 
Bob has been athletic director and baseball 
coach at PCD for as long as anyone can remem- 
ber. Last October he received a surprise flight to 
Atlanta and world series tickets from his many 
friends at the school. I've been working on Bob 
to make our next reunion. With both children 
through college, and my spouse director of the 
Hamilton School at Wheeler for high ability 
dyslexic elementary children, I stepped down last 
June after 16 years as headmaster of Rocky Hill 
School in East Greenwich, RI. We bought a new 
house, and I took up full time tasks as landscape 
architect, gardener and housekeeper. Had a trip 
to Torch, Lake Michigan in July for reunion with 
my Wesleyan '54 Beta brothers. In September 
went to Thailand to see my daughter who was 
teaching in a refugee camp near the Cambodian 
border. We had the grand tour of Thailand and 
then spent a month in Japan, my old stomping 
ground. For three years I have been serving on 
the board of trustees at St. Michael's School in 
Newport, RI, and through an unexpected se- 
quence of events, I will become headmaster there 
on July first. The president of the board is Jeff 
Gordon, GDA class of '69 and new treasurer of 
the Board at GDA. Thanks to those who respon- 
ded. I'm counting on all the rest of you to parti- 
cipate within the year. I would particularly like to 
hear from hen Beck, Bob Hardy, Bill Rex and 
Dick Wood. 


Howard C. Reith, Secretary 
21 Sutton Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 


40th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Class Secretary Needed 

_ 53 

William C. Pinkham, Secretary 
BO. Box 369, Glenmore, BA 19343 

T Apparently the 6/6/57 Archon article 
evoked a few memories. ▼ Phil Smith writes 
that Julie was not surprised to read of his "out- 
standing" social achievements, as he is still 
pursuing that "goal." Weekdays he serves as 
Managing Director of Prudential Securities 
Congressional Relations. (How do you get all 
that on a business card?) His daughter, Jennifer 
(32), teaches at Big Sky, MT; Fran (30) is a 
programming engineer at MIT and Taylor (27) is 
a commercial loan officer for the First Union 
Bank, Charlotte, NC. Phil says that Julie makes it 
all worthwhile! T Marita and Mark Lowell are 
busy in the boat yard this winter. Mark says, 
"There is lots that we hope to produce and sell. 
This means no travel trips this winter, just 
keeping the nose to the grindstone. Still, it's 
better than being unemployed." Hope none of 
the class are faced with that prospect, but many 
are feeling the effects of the soft economy. T 
Jack Clifford says that like Dunlap's adventures 
with real estate, his furniture business, which 
follows real estate is down 50% from the top. His 
semi-retired state is now spent at Trump Plaza in 
West Palm Beach. That may warrant a little 
further explanation, Jack. ▼ Tbm Windle writes 
that his first and oldest (sounds logical) daughter, 
Cheryle, is getting married to Bill Murphy from 
Rye, NY, on August 15, 1992. Congratulations, 
Tom. Does this mean the class is invited to the 
wedding' T Charlie Palmer says that all is well 
with the Palmer family. Number one daughter is 
at graduate school at the University of Vermont, 
and number two daughter is graduating in June 
from Middlebury. Palms and his wife are 
"excellent." (Probably should be read as 
Excellent)... T Bill King sent a marvelous photo 
of himself and Nate Withington '58, who he 
works with at Shearson Lehman Brothers in 
Boston. The photo is from a skit they did at 
their Christmas party with Bill as Jake and Nate 
as Ellwood. I understand that it is included in 
the February '92 issue of The Archon for all to 
enjoy. (Thanks, Bill. If any of you have photos 
you think the class might enjoy, please submit 
them. They need to be sharp in order to make 

30 The Archon - Spring 1992 

the transition to the printed page.) T Don Tracy 
wrote that his dad would often remark that, "It's 
terrible to grow old, but it's better than the alter- 
native." Don is partly retired and enjoying an 
active life. He bought a computerized tax pro- 
gram for his own use three years ago. Did his 
taxes, then a friend's, then another person's, 
etc.. .and suddenly found that his customer base 
had grown through referral. This year he finds 
himself going from early morning to late evening. 
He enjoys it, knowing the rush is temporary. He 
and Linda still have three youngsters at home in 
school. They and their friends fill the house and 
keep Don and Linda young. T Yasushi Iwai's 
letter from Japan arrived just in time to make the 
publication deadline for The Archon. He writes 
that he can hardly believe such a long time has 
passed since our graduation. He has visited New 
York and other U.S. business centers frequently, 
especially in the last fifteen years, but the dis- 
tance from New York to South Byfield was too 
far, and he would have had to spare at least two 
days. Yasushi is deputy president of ORIX Cor- 
poration, a financial institution. He and his wife 
Fukiko recently moved from Tokyo to Kobe, his 
home town, and are living together with his 
mother. They have three children 32 (son), 30 
(son) and 23 (daughter), all not married. The 
eldest son is getting married this April. Yasushi 
says that, "like in other countries, people get 
married rather late (or not married at all) these 
days in Japan." He hopes to have the chance to 
see some of our classmates in the States or in 
Japan as he will be having more time eventually. 
▼ John Brandli started his note off with "Well, 
Lydia..." I haven't heard that in a long time. It's 
also a sign that we're becoming a part of the 
older generation. None of the younger folks even 
know who she was. John is a floor broker on the 
AMEX. Says, "broke" is more the proper word 
after '87. Has a lovely wife Peggy and three kids, 
Peter, Sarah and Skip. Pete graduated from GDA. 
John lives in Westfield, NJ, plays lots of golf and 
is generally a homebody. Will be working at his 
club for the 1993 Open (quite a todo). John also 
noted "That will be our 40th reunion — Wow!," 
which prompts me to remind you to mark your 
calendars to return for our 40th in the spring of 
'93. Hope you'll be able to make it back to the 
campus. Should be a fun time. (Also, my first 
reunion!) More to come in the months ahead. 


P Michael B. Smith, Secretary 

1315Merrie Ridge Road, McLean, VA 22101 

▼ Dick Moore has completely retired due 
to arthritis. He is the bookkeeper for his wife's 
antique shop — takes a couple of hours a day. 
He does quite a bit of volunteer work: "There is 
always something to be done." 


George 0. Gardner III, Secretary 
53 Woodbury Lane, Acton, MA 01720 

T This fall I received two really interesting 
notes from classmates. T Tbny Marquis reports 
he still lives in the Portland, OR, area, and 
works for John Hancock arranging term finan- 
cing. His wife manages two commercial buildings 
in downtown Portland. His daughter Mielle is 
with AIA in Washington, DC, and is married. 
Son Brian is living in Hawaii guiding trips to 
Lanai. T Colin Curtis is back in Bermuda man- 
aging the company perfume business. The key 
part of his letter can only be quoted: "Probably 
the high point of this year was when H.M. the 
Queen awarded me the Order of Saint John in 
recognition of my services to a local charity — to 
the delight of my friends, and to the 
extreme irritation and confusion of my enemies. I 
now have a nice medal which makes me look like 
Count Dracula on formal occasions." Colin would 
welcome a call from any classmates visiting 
Bermuda. Please keep the letters coming. 


James Dean III, Secretary 
13 Circuit Road, South Berwick, ME 03908 

▼ Something clicked in my recent letter 
to you that woke up a response to my pleas. It 
must have been the mention of our beloved 
offspring and the new generation that takes our 
place in management of day-to-day affairs. I don't 
care how old our children are (and mine are 22 
and 24), they will still be "kids," and my wife and 
I will still have to take responsibility for them. 
Responsibility in my mind is worry, love and 
support. So, let me hear about your adolescent 
responsibilities so that we can all form a class- 
mate support group. T Joel Nichols' son Lars is 
a senior at Merrimack College, and will work in 
either Organic Chemistry or Medical Technology. 
Daughter Kit is a junior at Middlebury, currently 
in Language School in Florence, Italy." Joel and 
wife Pia are living happily in Woodstock, VT. ▼ 
Bob Conklin's daughter, Christina, 23, graduated 
from Middlebury in '90, and spent last year in 
Scotland on a Watson Fellowship studying the 
Gaelic revival movement. She is now working at 
Bob's company, Timber Press. Daughter Anna, 
19, is a sophomore at Smith, and will be 
spending her junior year in England. ▼ Rey 
Moulton and his wife Phyllis are spending March 
in Kenya on Safari. Daughter Holly, 24, went to 
University of Colorado at Boulder. She was Phi 
Beta Kappa. Son Rey III, 21, attending Colorado 
College, junior year. Son Jonathan, 16, in high 
school. ▼ Tbny Miller is still in England, 
working in London as a stockbroker, and plays 
squash regularly. ▼ Tbny Hawthorne's daughter 

Amy earned a Fulbright scholarship last year at 
Yale, and is presently doing further work on a 
senior paper in Cairo, Egypt. Tony plans to visit 
her in Egypt this spring. Tony's son Chris is a 
junior at Yale. T Herb Hodos' daughter Andrea 
is in a two-year non-degree Jewish Studies pro- 
gram at Yashiva College in Jerusalem. ▼ King 
Howe's daughter Kari graduated from UNC-CH 
in history. She is now in a branch manager 
training program at Nations Bank in Charlotte, 
NC. His wife Pat is a professor of Western 
European History (Ph.D., French Revolution) at 
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. King is 
the Security Administrator (EDP) for North 
Carolina Employment Security Commission. My 
daughter Penny, 24, graduated from NYU, Tisch 
School of Performing Arts. She is a dancer in 
NYC. Son Bart, 22, graduating from Roger 
Williams College in Social Work. 


35th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Lyman A. Cousens III, Secretary 
4 Goodhue Road, Boscawen, NH 03303 

T Hardy Bedford writes from Michigan 
that two daughters graduated from Michigan and 
MSU respectively, while son is a sophomore at 
USC. Hardy and his brother have operated a 
marina since 1965, while wife Sharon supports 
him by teaching school. T Senior citizen Ned 
Beebe has been married 30 years and still has 
that curly hair. Oldest son Peter (Colby) is in the 
Army, while Jonathan will soon graduate from 
East Coast Aero Tech. Ned is one of the few 
survivors of the New Hampshire real estate bust, 
probably because he married well. T Peter 
Cunningham has surfaced in Southbury, CT. 
Pete is NE Sales Manager for Anchor Glass 
Container, and with the help of a couple of 
capable wives, has raised five kids ranging from 
31 to 16 years in age. We all knew the smoking 
room chairman in '57 was destined for success. 
A charter member of the infamous "Route 1 
Trio" with Tyler and yours truly. ▼ Faithful 
(Geoff) Fitts writes that his son Tim has joined 
the Framingham agency as the third generation 
of successful insurers. Looking forward to 
Reunion and summer in New Hampshire. T 
Gale French started flying back in 1956 when he 
left all those track competitors behind. He never 
let up, and now flies C-5s out of Westover AFB 
all over the world. When on the ground, he stays 
in his own motel in Amherst. Gale would 
welcome classmates to stop in. Rates negotiable. 
▼ Bill George still works for the CIA (Covert 
Intelligence Associates) in Haverhill. He can still 
out-drive Fitts and yours truly combined when 
not chasing down deadbeats. ▼ Perry Lunn no 
longer wears braces, and has a daughter entering 

The Archon - Spring 1992 31 

Class Notes 

Carnegie-Mellon this fall to study physics. Perry 
claims to be "finally in scholarly pursuit." We 
know better — he never saw a study hall he 
didn't like. T Wink Pescosolido writes from 
California that his daughter is getting married in 
Boston in July. Come early for Reunion! Still 
active in the Boy Scouts — why not? T Finally, 
your Class Secretary labors along as Executive 
Director of the New Hampshire Safety Council 
and as President of State Boy Scout Council. 
Three kids up and away — Steve, UNH, Master 
in Ed.; Kim, UNH, MSW at Arizona State; and 
Karen, a Wheaton Graduate — and ol' Lymie is 
engaged to be married in June in North Caro- 
lina. Interested parties may write and obtain 
china pattern. 


Ralph E. Ardiff Jr., Secretary 
238 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923 



Mirick Friend, Secretary 
50 Dorset Road, Waban, MA 02168 

T First, I need to correct the mischievous 
action taken by the computer elves with the 
information that I received from Bob Pouch. His 
son Will is a graduate of Skidmore and works in 
NYC in security equipment. Daughter Catherine 
graduated from Emerson and works in Beverly 
Hills in film production. Maybe it was the Michel- 
angelo virus! T Alan Stone is president/ owner 
of Stone-Hill, Inc., with his wife and partner 
Lesley Hill. They are dealers in old master and 
modern prints and drawings. For avocational 
interest he collects Renaissance medals and 
small scale sculpture — his "new passion." When 
the surf is up you will find him on his board 
shooting the tube. Lesley is a 1979 Smith 
graduate, and his son Nicholas is attending 
Brown and expects to graduate in 1994. ▼ Jim 
Foley continues at his vocation — "drill and fill." 
He has renewed his interest in his gun club, 
where he spends time on the range in rifle and 
pistol practice. He also does some clay pigeon 
shooting. He turned the big "50" this February 
(like a lot of us), and says, "You're only as old as 
you want to be." T Ferg Jansen owns and runs 
the Hop Brook restaurant in Simsbury, CT, 
which specializes in fresh seafood and regional 
American specialties. He enjoys reading, 
racquetball, skiing (just), cutting wood and 
running "a lot farther and faster than Fred 
Huntress!' Do I hear a challenge for our 35th 
reunion? His wife Linda enjoys baking, girl 
scouts, church and "me." Daughter Sara is on 
the Dean's list as a junior at U. Conn. Emily 
(eight) talks, skiis and reads, while Caroline (just 
seven) draws, skiis and reads. (Sounds like my 

kids when they were that age.) He is now able to 
spend more time with family and less on bus- 
iness, since he is fortunate to finally have his 
business in the same town in which he lives. He 
can now watch "the second crop mature." Finally, 
he has bought the ultimate pickup truck. He 
does not say what make or year, but can it be 
any more ultimate that my black 1950 Chevy 
1500 with a flat bed? Until the next Archon — 
have a good summer. 


John C. Elwell, Secretary 
266 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

GDA in D.C.: Charles Stewart '60 joins Jim 
Irving 72 and his wife Cindy at the Washington, 
D.C. reception. 


J. Stephen Sawyer, Secretary 
3616 Beech Run Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 


30th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Thomas S. Tobey, Secretary 
59 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 

T. Burke Leahey, Secretary 
160 King Caesar Road, Duxbury, MA 02332 

T The tickler letter of a few weeks ago 
did flush out a few contacts that we want to 
share with all of you. T It was but a few issues 
ago that I had a report from Mac Donaldson. 
Mac writes again that his coffers will never be 
lower, with two daughters in college (Bryant 
College and Tufts). He is relieved that one 
graduates this spring! Mac expressed some 
concern that we are all facing turning over the 
half-century mark in age in the not too far 
distant future. T Bill McPhee writes that after 
20+ years with IBM as a systems programmer, 
designer, systems programming manager, product 
manager and director, he left to become a 
consultant to Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a law 

firm in New York City, on matters relating to 
computer programming and computer science. T 
Ken Pouch sent in his postcard with a report 
that he hopes to make the 30th Reunion this 
spring. Ken is still with CIGNA in Hartford. He 
wonders if any of our old math teachers have 
noticed that he is managing Group Pension 
Funds. The Pouches are feeling the economic 
pinch with the closing of a clothing store that 
Mary Pouch has been managing. T Had a long- 
overdue phone conversation with Steve Kasnet 
last week. Kas, as you all know, has been very 
active with GDA as a member of the Board of 
Trustees. It feels good to have a generational 
representative still in the mix. Steve reports that 
he has enjoyed working with Peter Bragdon. 
Steve has one daughter in boarding school and a 
son about to make the plunge (perhaps even 
another legacy in our midst). T I was also 
fortunate to hear from another Boston area 
classmate, Colin Studds. As it happens, Colin's 
son, who elected a deferred entrance to Colgate 
University (my alma mater), has been building a 
cabin with a friend in Vermont this year. Colin 
and his family have returned to live in the house 
where he was raised on Black Horse Lane in 
Cohasset. He still sees Andi Whittemore, wife 
Rhodie and family, who live nearby. Colin and 
Andi were great childhood friends in Cohasset 
before coming to GDA. ▼ I think I missed the 
deadline with news of having tracked down 
another of our long lost brethren, Cy Hoover. Cy 
is alive and well, living in Tulsa, OK. Cy is in the 
business of developing a new kind of floor finish- 
ing equipment. Since Cy hailed originally from 
Wellesley, I hope we might entice Cyrus to come 
back for the 30th so he can extend his business 
circles to include the Boston area. From the 
sound of it, Cy has some teenage daughters who 
keep him diligent on the home front. ▼ Jim 
Gordon writes from his home in Woodinville, 
WA, that he is still stockbrockering with Smith, 
Barney in Bellevue. Jim and his wife have three 
children — nine, six and four. The Gordons 
recently re-took up skiing. Jim has been instru- 
mental in starting the GDA Alumni Association 
of Western Washington with Frank Kitchell '35. 
T My last alumni directory tells me that Charlie 
Higgins lives in nearby Tacoma, or maybe Jim 
can lure Dave Clarke up from Beaverton in 
Oregon. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for 
the date of our 30th Reunion. It is a few short 
months away. I am still wanting to drag a few of 
our number out onto the Olde Newbury Golf 
Club for a round as a part of the festivities. Is 
there any member of our class, still living in the 
area, who holds membership to this esteemed 
institution? Perhaps we can convince Al 
"Pebble" Rock to lead us around the course he 
terrorized some 30 years ago. Peb is honing his 
skills down in Arizona with some possible 
designs to play on the Senior Tour in 1994. 
Keep the dates open. The plans for the weekend 
are forming. 

32 The Archon - Spring 1992 


Robert G. Fullerton, Secretary 
11 Stonedam Island Road, Meredith NH 03253 

T By the time you read this, the ice will 
have left Lake Winnipesaukee and perhaps we'll 
even be swimming. Coming up very shortly, how- 
ever, will be an actual "ice-out"... an event which 
must be experienced to be truly appreciated, lb 
get the full effect, one must pick a warm (in the 
50's — low teens for you Bob M.), still sunny day 
when the ice has already broken up into floes 
four to six inches thick. One must find a quiet 
cove, undisturbed, at least for the moment, by 
humans and launch a canoe. Next, one must 
paddle slowly (with an L.L. Bean paddle, of 
course) through the floes, which by now break 
up quite easily upon contact into finger-length 
shards, which tinkle musically as they strike each 
other, just like glass wind chimes or the crystal 
pendants of a chandelier. Walt Disney didn't 
invent the word "enchanted," ice-out did. Add 
now a trout surfacing or a loon fishing and it's a 
layman's vision of heaven — something which 
has to be experienced to be appreciated. Speak- 
ing of things which have to be experienced to be 
appreciated, the 30th Reunion is just one year 
away! (Sneaky lead-in, huh?) T Rumor has it that 
Chad Smith is already working with the Alumni 
Office to get the ball rolling. All who attended 
the 25th agreed that they had a great time and 
are looking forward to this next get-together. So 
far we've gotten positive responses from Jeff Ellis 
and Andy Thomas (99.9% sure), and highly- 
promising responses from Peter Morrin and 
Forbes Farmer. Bob Segel will be there also — 
Jeff and I will see to that! From your classmates: 
▼ Dr. Forbes Farmer: "Received my Ph.D. in 
sociology/criminology from Boston University last 
January. My oldest son, Seth, and I dropped in 
on Fully and Cindi (looks as young as she did on 
her wedding day). (Attaboy, Forbes! Com'on back 
any time — she's still smiling! Ed.) Had a great 
Mexican dinner and a wonderful visit — lots of 
laughs after skiing in North Conway. Went to 
GDA on February 15 to see the boys and girls 
hockey games. Work on new gym looks ambi- 
tious. All athletic fields covered with ice and 
slush." (Forbes, why is it our kids get to be taller 
than we are? Ed.) T Cal Mackenzie: Modesty 
prevents Cal from letting us know this from his 
lips, but we hear that Colby College now has an 
endowed chair in his name. Congratulations, Cal! 
Hope we got the name right. ▼ Bob McGilvray: 
The McGilvray family continues to enjoy the 
rainy Northwest, living in British Columbia (that's 
Canada, eh!) The children, ages seven and nine, 
attend school in French (only) and we hope that 
Quebec does not separate. Barbara continues 
her medical work with a main interest in adult 
cystic fibrosis patients. (With all due respect, 

George Bush did not do his homework before 
making comments on the British Columbia 
Health Care System which provides a very high 
standard of service to all British Columbians, not 
just the insured and rich. The United States 
would have a difficult time in finding a better 
health delivery system model to emulate.) I divide 
my time between teaching at the University of 
British Columbia Landscape Architecture Pro- 
gram, practicing architecture, sitting as vice- 
chairman of the Vancouver City Advisory Design 
Panel and riding herd over our kids. I hope to 
attend the 1993 Class Reunion and see every- 
one." (See? Another. Ed.) ▼ Peter Morrin: "I was 
in Dallas/Ft. Worth for an art museum directors' 
meeting and encountered — Holy Titmouse! — 
Val Wilkie — at the Sid Richardson Collection 
of Western Art, the parent foundation of which 
Val heads. He claimed — but I didn't believe him 
— that he knew who the guilty party was 60% of 
the time. Tell Seegs not to worry... I didn't 
squeal." (The rest of Peter's note has been 
deleted with his permission, but I'll save it for 
the 30th. Ed.) T Andy Thomas: "Yo, Fully. 
Ciao, Cindi. Indefinite sabbatical from practicing 
law; doing a little contract work, plus gardening, 
motorcycle riding and home projects. Some- 
body's got to do it. A while ago, I tried to explain 
that I felt as though some people were perhaps 
not duly recognized for their contributions to the 
Annual Fund in the latest Fund report. It seems 
that for reasons of space, only those whose last 
gift hit a five year increment exactly on the 
money (no pun intended) were mentioned. So, to 
preclude those others from feeling unheralded, 
here's a list of all those who have contributed to 
GDA at least a third of the time since we grad- 
uated. The list is alphabetical, with the number 
of gifts following the name except for the last 
three names, who are in a league by themselves. 
Ted Cook, 13; Terry Delano, 18; Jeff Ellis, 15; 
Ed., 21; Frank Gummey, 20; Dick Hawkins, 17; 
Bob Ingalls, 15; Lenny Kaplan, 9; Cal MacKen- 
zie, 13; Bob McGilvray, 12; Bruce McNeil, 16; 
Rusty Navins, 21; Jon Shafmaster, 23; Stew 
Steffey, 13; Dick Stockton, 16; Jeff Taylor, 13; 
Bob Taylor, 20; and Steve Witt, 19. Dave Dent, 
Bob Segel and Bill Sloane are all tied at the 
25-year level. Do you realize that meant giving 
up some beer money in college?! I'm sorry, but I 
just can't picture Seegs doing that — I was at 
Wellfleet, too, ya know ("Lover, please, please 
come back, don't take that train comin' down the 
track...") Hell, that was my car we almost lost in 
Duck Pond! Anyway, credit given to where credit 
was due, thank you all. And so until next 
time... "Happy trails to you, until we meet 
again".. .at the 30th! 


John S. Mercer, Secretary 
167 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 

T Paul Freedberg, as a practicing 
urologist, participated in a national screening 
program for prostate cancer during September. 
He gave up his part-time teaching position in 
Boston a few years ago, at least until 2005 when 
they will have straightened out the transportation 
access into Boston from the north. Paul reports, 
"My wife and our two wonderful girls, Lexie (12 
1/2) and Amy (10), have enjoyed our fourth 
summer vacationing on Lake Champlain in 
Grand Isle, VT. As my girls approach adoles- 
cence, I've learned that living with three females 
can be a real emotional roller coaster" Somehow 
I doubt that this report will take any of the hills 
out of that roller coaster. T Lee Potter reports: 
"Just to let you know that David Martin '64, 
M.R (Conservative, Portsmouth South) is now 
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign & 
Commonwealth Secretary, the Rt. Honorable 
Douglas Hurd, C.B.E., M.P This may change 
after a general election, as David has a majority 
of 205. Commonwealth countries exchange High 
Commissioners. This system began in 1880 when 
the Dominion Government appointed the first 
Canadian High Commissioner to London. Thus, 
there is a British High Commissioner in Ottawa 
but a British Embassy in Washington. The 
Queen celebrates her 40th anniversary of her 
accession on 6th February. All best wishes for 
1992." I never read Lee's reports without learning 
something and sometimes wondering awhile at 
just what it was I learned. Lee has also sent me 
various new articles from the responsible side of 
the London press. T Saying that he had lost his 
return card in the clutter, John Steele finally 
reported, "Weathering the downturn within an 
18-person civil engineering firm as its lone 
landscape architect, while maintaining a basic 
household with my son Aaron in downtown 
Burlington. Daughter Carie eagerly looks forward 
to entering Wesleyan University in January." T 
John Everett reports that after enjoying 16 
months in Southern California (Long Beach), 
he's headed back to New England. He's moving 
to his agency's New Haven, CT, office in January 
of 1992. His office, he reports, will be at the 
corner of the Yale campus. John, I believe, works 
for a government agency, perhaps as a judge in 
some sort of mercantile law disagreements. John! 
Help me here! 


Kenneth A. Linberg, Secretary 

Vulpecula Basenjis 

6775A Pasado Road, Isla Vista, CA 93117 

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Laurence M. Hilliard, Secretary 
2835 Carleton Drive, Jackson, MS 39212 


Headmaster and Guests: Peter Bragdon chats 
with Deborah and Charlie Estes '66 at the D.C. 

T Jim Keeler reports that he and Barry 
Sullivan held their own reunion in Chicago 
during a GDA alumni reception. Although both 
grew up in Newburyport, 1,000 miles to the east, 
they had not seen each other since graduation. 
"He had longer hair and I more pounds," Jim 
wrote. "We had a fun evening swapping stories 
and getting caught up on each other's lives." ▼ 
Jack Trickey and his family are still living in 
Pelham, MA, where Jack is now making Citrus 
Hill Orange Juice and Sunny Delight for Procter 
& Gamble. Jack, his wife Judy and their three 
children enjoy life on their small farm. 


25th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Bennett H. Beach, Secretary 
7207 Denton Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 

▼ A Brayton Wall Bracket, created by 
Rich Brayton, has been installed in the White 
House. Rich's firm is Brayton & Hughes Design 
Studio in San Francisco. T Reid Pugh tries to 
play squash three times a week, despite a heavy 
work and travel schedule, in the hope that he 
will live past the age of 50. Former hoopster 
Reid was in Minneapolis in April to see the 
NCAA Final Four, and to dream of what might 
have been. T Another former dribbler, Rick 
Jensen, has moved up from golf pro to general 
manager at Bear Lake Country Club in West 
Palm Beach. T Scott Cameron made no bones 
about his feelings for New England, but he is not 
prejudiced against New Englanders. He married 
one, Connecticut native Cindy Guthrie, in Aspen 
in February. T Bill Haggerty is First Vice 
President at Rhode Island Hospital Trust 
National Bank in Providence. He still specializes 
in precious metals. T In March Win Burt and 
Roger Bloch spent a week sailing from Ft. Myers 
to the Dry Tortugas. T Ward Westhafer is 
managing the Scotty's Home Improvement 
Center in Boynton Beach, FL. T Andy 
Rimmington is taking a break from collecting 
degrees, and with some partners, has just started 
a firm supplying life-support systems for 
submarine exploration equipment. Train chasing 
remains a passion. T Road biking, hiking, skiing 
and winter camping are the favorite activities for 
Paul Hemmerich and family. This summer 
they're headed for the Grand Tetons. ▼ Bill 

Classmates from '67: Carol and Ben Beach join Lew Rumford at the Washington, D.C. reception in 

34 The Archon - Spring 1992 

Dougherty was in Mayor Daley's office March 23 
for a press conference announcing that Chicago 
will be one of nine U.S. cities to host the World 
Cup soccer championships this year. Bill is a 
member of the Chicago World Cup Committee. 
▼ John Easton is now the director of financial 
systems for J.J. Case in Racine, WI, and contin- 
ues to sire children. A son is due June 6. Ques- 
tion: Will all our children be born before our 
25th reunion? T Ben Beach completed his 25th 
consecutive Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. 


Carl F. Spang Jr., Secretary 
RFD #1, Wiswall Road, Newmarket, NH 03857 

▼ Spring has come to New Hampshire . . . 
and with it, mud. Mud is a tradition in New 
Hampshire at this time of year. And it brings out 
the best in everyone. People, it seems, rise to the 
occasion and become . . . well, gregarious. Folks 
you haven't seen in months, maybe even forgot 
about, suddenly show up on your doorstep and 
want to chat. Nothing in particular. Just a few 
minutes of spontaneous conversation. Stuff like, 
"Mud's pretty bad this year?' or, "Done any 
fishing yet?" Conversation just for the pleasure of 
talking. In our family, it's the dog who is most 
appreciative of mud season. Mud is her medium. 
Brings out the artist in her. She enjoys creating 
abstract murals on our doors and floors. She 
makes sure that the kids get a good dollop of 
mud in their clothes each morning just before 
they get on the school bus. Being a generous 
creature by nature, she is anxious to give her gift 
of mud to anyone who passes within range. It is 
her way of celebrating spring and being... well, 
gregarious. It would also be accurate to say that 
the Class of '68 gets gregarious in the spring- 
time, too. It is my pleasure to report that my 
desktop is crowded with news from classmates 
who are, it appears, doing all sorts of interesting 
things. ▼ Denny Kenney writes from Cairo, 
saying, "I received your letter of November 5th 
on January 18th. Alison, our two girls and I are 
enduring life in Cairo. We've added two dogs and 
a horse to our numbers. . ." Denny is managing 
the construction of a wastewater treatment plant, 
scheduled for completion this October. His card 
is dated January 18th, and was received here in 
March. Mud season does slow down the mail. 
Denny^encourages folks who may be passing 
through Egypt to get in touch: 011-202-351-8005. 
T Dave Mitchell has started his own consulting 
firm after working with NFL franchises. His 
company, Diversified Strategic Marketing, focuses 
on the marketing, licensing and sports marketing 
of consumer products. Dave reports that his 
family is well and that "living by my wits (what's 
left of 'em)" is to his liking. ▼ Charles Johnson 
is farming 813 acres and raising 135 brood 
cows... as well as "exploring the mysteries of 
single parenthood with a 13 year-old daughter/' 
Charles finds that, between these two responsi- 
bilities, he barely has time to sleep. Any advice 
from classmates who have experienced similar 
parental challenges would be gratefully received. 
T Peter Barkin announces the birth of his 

daughter Claire Emily on January 29th of this 
year. Claire joins her sister Ann Katherine who 
will be two this July 28th. Congratulations, Peter. 
T "Our family spent a fantastic 1991," writes 
Paul Covey. Paul and his wife Burrell spent ten 
months in New Zealand. Paul describes the ex- 
perience as "a spectacular country with wonder- 
ful people," and the kids enjoyed their school 
experience as well. The entire family became 
cricket and rugby fans. Now that they are back 
home in Binghamton, NY, they have to do with- 
out. Anyone for starting a rugby league? T A 
long letter from Dan Look, who starts with, "I've 
been meaning to do this for about, oh, almost 
twenty years." That's ok, Dan. It took me about 
as long to write my first set of class notes. Good 
things take time. Dan is living in Atlanta with his 
wife of 20 years, Anne, and three children: Sean 
(17), David (15) and Courtney (nine). Sean is 
starting at the University of Georgia this fall with 
the intent of majoring in journalism. David is 
going after his driving learner's permit on April 
21st . . . surely one of the high points in the 
rollercoaster of parental experience. Courtney, 
Dan writes, is bright, quick and able to hold her 
own with her two older brothers. As well as 
having fun with his kids, Dan is busy managing 
his consulting company, Genesis Dining Manage- 
ment Group, Inc. Started in 1984, the company 
provides management consulting for health care 
dining programs. Dan is looking forward to our 
25th reunion . . . plans to bring the entire family. 
He ends his letter with, "If anyone is in Atlanta, 
have them call." Thanks for getting in touch, 
Dan. T 1991 was a year of changes for Chris 
Page: new job (Risk Management Consulting), 
new marital status and moderator of his church 
during a transition period for the ministry. Chris 
concludes his note with the observation that so 
many of us have made during the past few years: 
"Finding out that change isn't so bad." Chris, 
like all of the Class of '68, is up to the challenge. 
T Art Veasey writes that he and his wife Susan 
have adopted their second child — Robert 
Arthur (born May 20th, 1991). Congratulations, 
Art and Susan! The Veaseys recently had dinner 
in Cambridge with Bob and Susie Parsons. Art 
says that Bob hasn't changed one iota, except for 
the grey hair! One of the benefits of being Class 
Secretary is the letters I get from our classmates. 
They are often surprising in their news, and they 
are all special. To be sure, some editorial liber- 
ties are taken in the effort to condense the letters 
into class notes . . . and on occasion, I confess, I 
may miss a deadline. But the cardinal sin is to 
miss a letter. T So with apologies to Rob 
Stewart, who so kindly sent along a copy of the 
letter he wrote me one year ago . . . which didn't 
make The Archon . . . here is the news from Rob 
and his family. Rob, his wife Barbara and five 
children are doing well. The youngest, a son 
born on May 23rd, 1989, is named after Rob, 

but his family calls him "Treb" — the last four 
letter of Robert spelled backwards. The entire 
family has been caught up in the joyful restora- 
tion of a 1937 Maxim Fire Truck ... the 
realization of a lifelong fantasy, writes Rob. The 
truck required extensive work: new paint, wiring, 
brakes, etc. But by Thanksgiving of last year it 
was ready to roll. Rob and his family plan to 
drive the Maxim in parades, show it at flea 
markets, participate in fire musters and... who 
knows, maybe put out a fire or two! On a more 
serious note, Rob has moved his legal practice to 
Simsbury, CT, where he specializes in real estate 
planning and small business law. He notes that 
being self-employed certainly has its drawbacks, 
but it provides him with flexibility to stay 
involved with the children's activities. 


Jeffrey L. Gordon, Secretary 
Slocwn, Gordon & Co., P.O. Box 669, Newport. RI 02840 


J. Randall Whitney III, Secretary 
65Nashoba Road. Concord. MA 01742 

New York City: Bob Lighten 70 talks with Peter 
Bragdon at the New York reception in February. 


Michael K. Mulligan, Secretary 
Thacher School, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, CA 93023 

▼ The new year brings good news to our 
class from several fronts. T Barry Burlingham 
has gone to work as Director of Development for 
A Better Chance in Boston. T John dayman 
and Lalande Clayman are managing their 
delightful gang of three with elan and a steady 
state of mind (Jack, Anne and Ellie). ▼ Justin 
Doyle has returned to England with his wife, and 
is working in London in the investment markets. 
Several members from the Class of 1971 met in a 
restaurant in New York to renew friendships, talk 
over the good old days and share ideas about the 
future. I see Peter Borneman '69 fairly regularly, 

Together Again: Class of 71 members, Mark 
Wellman, Steve Connelly, Gordon Baldwin, Jim 
Barton, Mark Fraser, Dave Shove and James 
Flemming get together for a mini-reunion in New 

as Peter comes over to Thacher to referee our 
lacrosse games. Peter keeps me informed about 
some of the fellows we may remember from his 
class such as Tim Tenney and Ralph Leary. I 
continue to work as the Assistant Head at 
Thacher, and enjoy coaching what is now our 
very successful lacrosse team. (We tied for the 
league championship last week; on to the state 
tournament in May.) I hope to return to Vail in 
the summer to play for the Southern California 
team in the Masters Lacrosse Tournament. 
Rather tough on the legs and lungs. Joy and I 
have just completed building a vacation home in 
Alta, WY, near the Grand Targhee ski resort. Fly 
fishing, skiing, riding and Teton views are some 
of the attractions of this area. Now if we can only 
get away from work. . . T Russell Ethridge is 
Secretary and Counsel for Valeo, a Paris based 
auto components group. A nice aspect of the job 
is that he's able to take regular trips to France. 
Russ has two children, Will (four) and Meryl 
(one). Meryl "almost didn't make it last 
Christmas," but now, thank goodness, is fine. 
Russ lives in a 1912 house built by the Dodges. 
T Wayne Grey was happy to see his classmates 
at the 20th. Wayne felt that GDA looked great. 
He is currently competing in a pistol league at a 
local indoor range, and has won the last three 
competitions. Wayne is still living in Newbury 
and works for Plumer Woodworking and Glass, 
doing custom mill work. T Andy Nelson 
enjoyed seeing Ellis Withington during Ellis' 
recent visit to Maine. Andy writes, too, that 
Karen and Peter Alfond have moved to Maine 
where, no doubt, Andy and Peter will be able to 
see more of each other. Andy looks forward to 
visiting the South Pacific this winter. T Bud 
Pettoruto, his wife and daughter are living in 
Atkinson, NH. Bud has a trust and estates law 
practice in North Andover. ▼ Bud also sees Ellis 
Withington, who is President of Patriot 
Properties, Inc., and Scott Seaver, who owns 
and operates a successful catering business. ▼ 

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Jonathan Roof is currently working as a 
personal banker for Security Pacific Bank, in 
Tucson, AZ. He has recently had the honor of 
publishing a book on the teachings of Sathya Sai 
Baba. Jonathan and his wife Rose have been 
married for 16 years and have a 10 year old 
daughter, Leela. T Those of you looking for a 
new dentist, keep in mind that Charles Samaras 
is moving to a new location in Lowell. 

But we were products of our time, just as the 
Class of 1992 will be a product of the social 
forces whirling around them. ▼ Gorty Baldwin 
has put the family business into stewardship as 
he pursues a new career in acting. He welcomes 
any offers for work in commercials while he 
completes his studies. Living on the east side of 
Manhattan, Gorty was playing league soccer up 
until a year ago when the competition from 

Heb's Lax Legend: Seen here with his championship team, Thacher coach Mike Mulligan 71, says he 
"never steps out onto the field without hearing Heb Evans' voice." 

(We'll include his new address in the next 
edition.) He enjoyed the 20th Reunion and also 
mentions that he and Bill Shack are regular 
golfing buddies. Chuck queries, "Where are Jeff 
Hall and Artie Moher?" Last time seen, Artie 
was still working in Chicago, and Jeff was flying 
secret missions for David Ferrie and the Free 
Cuba Committee. The following notes were sub- 
mitted by Steve Connelly acting as secretary for 
the 71 Club in New York. Thanks to Steve for 
the photos and great write-up. The metropolitan 
New York members of the Class of 1971 held a 
reunion at Keen's Chop House on October 29, 
1991. In attendance were classmates that time 
and circumstance had not gathered in the same 
room since June of 1971. Each one of us was 
uncertain of what to find. Some of us had been 
in touch since graduation, while other classmates 
had not seen one another since June of 1971. 
The assignment for each attendee was to give a 
description of their life since 1971: Watershed 
events such as marriages, children, voyages and 
careers. During the evening, each of us described 
how GDA had affected our lives. As a class, 1971 
reflected the times of social upheaval, 
questioning of authority and a profound desire to 
find a balance between the social events of the 
day and our growth into manhood. The Class of 
1971 earned a reputation as a bunch of rebels. 

South America became a little too rough. Gorty 
is newly single and has four children. T Also a 
resident of the east side of Manhattan, Gig 
Barton is working in the broadcasting business. 
Having recently moved to National Cable 
Advertisers, he enjoys the art of sales. His wife 
and daughter enjoy spending weekends with Gig 
at their house in the Apple and antique region of 
upstate New York. T Living in New Jersey, Steve 
Connelly is a half-hour drive from Manhattan. 
Steve is employed by National Westminster Bank, 
NJ, in the Software Support Division. Having 
made a career change in 1987, Steve finds 
information systems in a banking environment 
extremely challenging. Steve's wife and daughter 
enjoy spending weekends in a 1954 Chris Craft 
docked in the Toms River. Steve has been 
restoring the "Hanna Rose" since 1981. ▼ 
James Fleming works in Greenwich, and 
occasionally goes to New York on business. 
James is a sales manager for Stolt-Nielsen. He 
sells space on tankers transporting fluid cargo in 
the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Frequent travel 
to South America is part of the job. Redding is 
home to James and his wife and daughters. He 
earned an M.B.A. from the American Graduate 
School of International Management at 
Thunderbird. ▼ Mark Fraser and his wife are 
expecting their first child in January. Having the 
best prop of the evening, Mark mapped his 
journey since 1971, noting his M.A. in journalism 

Reception in N.Y.C.: Mark Fraser, Mike Hoover, Rick Nietsch, Steve Connelly and Dave Shove represent 
the class of 71 at the New York reception. 

36 The Archon - Spring 1992 

from the University of Missouri. Living in 
Brooklyn, he works in New York not far from 
Keen's. He is employed at Fairchild Publications, 
and enjoys selling ad space to the home 
furnishings industry. T Living a stone's throw 
away from the East River in Manhattan, Dave 
Shove received his law degree from the 
University of Maine, and moved to New York 
after having been recruited by a major health 
insurance company. He recently changed jobs 
and is now working at Empire Blue Cross in 
the marketing department. Dave has a son from 
a previous marriage, and is engaged to be mar- 
ried in the spring. ▼ Mike Wellman is living in 
Darien. He received his M.B.A. from the Univ- 
ersity of Virginia. After leaving the family com- 
pany, he started an executive search firm in 
Stamford. Mike enjoys placing talented executives 
with companies all over the country. His wife and 
sons enjoy living in New England. We all went to 
college after GDA. Some of us have advanced 
degrees and some of us are planning on going 
back to school. As a class we had a reputation; 
as individuals we are building lives that answer to 
ourselves. We do not accept things at face value 
and we still question authority. Each of us spoke 
fondly of masters and students and the experi- 
ence that we shared at Governor Dummer. We 
had a great time visiting with friends from the 
Class of 1971. 


20th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Geoffrey A. Durham, Secretary 
26315 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, IL 60084 

▼ George Freimarck writes, "Married 
Gatia in May 1989. Had Olivia in August 1991. 
Still sailing, working and planning to be at the 
20th Reunion." 


Class Secretary Needed 

T While visiting his parents during 
spring break, Dick Leavitt stopped in at the 
office of John "Tbe" Blake. John is Vice 
President of Public Relations for the Texas 
Rangers, who hold spring training in Port 
Charlotte, FL. John's Rangers are expected to 
make a good run at the American League West 
title this year, and he also holds high hopes for 
the Red Sox in the East. His wife Harriet just 
gave birth to their second child, Rebecca. 
Christopher is two. They are now the neighbors 
of newly transplanted Chris and Kate Harlow in 
Irving and Arlington, TX. 


Class Secretary Needed 


D. Gregory Pope, Secretary 
29 Whittier Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 

T Jim Roome "Romo" is residing at 
8-8 Nicolas Street, Balibago, Angeles City, Philip- 
pines, with his wife Terri. He is still working as a 
commercial deep sea diver. His sister, Laura 
Roome, wrote to give his whereabouts. Thanks, 
Laura. T Dave Cain writes from Maui; he 
moved there in November, 1991. His wife Janet 
and one-year-old Nicholas are hanging loose in 
paradise, and they are expecting another child 
soon. T Sam Gilliland is among the few stock 
brokers left in Connecticut. He is working for 
Alex Brown & Sons. Call him at 1-800-327-4626. 
He probably needs the business. T Paula 
McNutt has just returned from a week of spring 
skiing in Big Sky, MT Nice tan! Daughter Elaine 
will be one year old in April. She and family are 
moving back to Melbourne Beach, FL, in June. 
Paula, please send us your new address when 
you get there! T Bill Shaheen and wife have 
had a girl, bom on February 24, 1992. Congrats! 
Bill claims the engineering business had better 
pick up now that overhead has increased. From 
all of us (I'm sure), hope everyone is healthy. 
That's all for the real news (pretty meager, 
everyone). So . . . "Heard on the Street" kicks 
in! T Charles Albert and Joel Narva have 
opened New England's first male strip joint. Joel 
swears that they don't go all the way to the buff. 
This was confirmed only after Charles (head of 
inventory and purchasing) was seen purchasing 
"G" strings in Haverhill, MA, recently. (There's a 
gray area here, boys.) ▼ Barry Miller has be- 
come our class' first plastic surgeon. Asked how 
he got into the business, he replied, "I've always 
has a thing for noses." Barry, could you send 
Jack Swenson your card, please? ▼ Mary Anne 
(Myers) Polich has been hired by Universal 
Studios to lip-sync for Barbara Streisand. She 
has been secretly doing this for the last 13 years 
until . . . yes! This issue of "Heard on the Street" 
has finally made it public. T Rob "Kappy" 
Kaplan has been Mary Anne's manager operating 
out of a mobile home in Cleveland, OH. T Anne 
Mackay-Smith is ready to release her first book 
(first of a trilogy). Wall Street on a Hot Tin Roof, 
all about Wall Streeters who sunbathe on office 
building roofs during their lunch hours . . . 
naked. She promises names and pictures. The 
names of O'Leary, Lenane and Folsom have been 
mentioned. . . T When we last left Spencer 
Purinton, he just had reduction surgery and was 
rather chummy with the "Duke." Since his 
mentor's demise, I believe a depression has set 

in. Spencer was last seen at numerous airports 
across the USA wearing this orange-like garb, 
and chanting about some old guy who put this 
spot between his eyes. Until next time, all in 
good fun. Popey. 


Carol A. Goldberg, Secretary 
301 East 94th Street, #24B, New York, NH 10128 


15th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Joseph J. Pietrafesa II, Secretary 
5209 Fairlawn Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 


Leslie Lafond, Secretary 
459 High Street, Hampton, NH 03842 

T Anita Fisher writes, "Living in Farm- 
ington, NH, still with Dan Fisher; Kristen is now 
five, William three-and-a-half, and making Dennis 
the Menace look like Shirley Temple. Look out, 
class of 2015! I've been busy with my own seas- 
onal business, "Fine Yacht Finishers," doing the 
brightwork (varnishing) on yachts in the Ports- 
mouth area. In the off-season, I'm Chairman of 
the Art Committee for the Farmington Women's 
Club for the second year, and am busy painting 
acrylic scenics still. In a month, I should be 
sending slides off to the Chase Art Gallery on 
Newbury Street. Wish me luck!" 


Abigail M. Woodbury, Secretary 
60A Gorharn Avenue, Apartment A, Brookline, MA 02146 


Pamela Kurtz Welch, Secretary 
19 Larch Row, Wenham, MA 01984 

Sisters and Aunts: The Mackay-Smith sisters, 
Helen Mazarakis '80, Barbara '82 and Anne 75 
with Helen's son, George Alexander. 

The Archon - Spring 1992 37 

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Class Notes 

T Nancy and Chris Stafford have had a 
busy year tending to Sarah, who turned one on 
March 24, 1992. They have been trading war 
stories with Julie and John Wise, whose son 
Jack turned one in February, and Nancy and 
Duffy Bowditch 79, whose son Peter will turn 
one in April. ▼ And the baby boom continues: 
Helen Mackay-Smith Mazarakis and her 
husband Thanassis are loving parenthood. 
George Alexander Mazarakis was born January 

20, 1992, and according to his mother, "He's 
wonderful." Helen will be returning to work part- 
time at LISC — the Local Initiatives Support 
Corporation, a national non-profit housing 
organization. T Chris and Pamela Kurtz Welch 
also joined the ranks of parenthood on January 

21, 1992, with the birth of Graham Donnelly 
Welch. ▼ Rand Pendleton is engaged to Lori 
Flint. No date has been set for the nuptials. 

T John Fain and his wife Laura live in Houston, 
where John is the owner of an orthopedic brace 
company that has 30 employees. Currently, Laura 
and John are in Chicago while John attends a 
five-month continuing education program 
through Northwestern Medical School. John is 
anxiously awaiting his return to Texas. T Jeffrey 
Seyil writes: "Cleveland continues to treat my 
wife Stacey and me well. Our son Benjamin is 
one-and-a-half, and keeps us very busy. Medical 
school is going very well. I start a residency in 
family medicine next year here in Cleveland. 
Then back to New England!" ▼ Pete Diamond 
is getting married May 23, 1992, to Kathleen 
Bullock. Derrick Perkins '83 will be best man. 
Peter will graduate from Willamette University 
College of Law in Salem, OR, this spring, and 
will take the Oregon Bar this summer. He hopes 
to practice law in the Portland, OR, area. T 
Doug Leathern is still in the Air Force, and is 
enjoying his assignment in Germany. Doug 
writes: "I really hope to make the most of my 
three years over here. If anyone wants to be 
shown around the Frankfurt area, please call 
me." T Janine Bruce Banks and her husband 
Dave are still involved in the tropical fish hobby, 
running 35 tanks in their home in Hinesburg, 
VT. They will celebrate their eighth anniversary 
in June, and are still happily living in the 
"woots" of Burlington. T Ken Mahler writes: 
"Over the past several years, I have been working 
in the computer industry selling and supporting 
microcomputer systems and software — first for a 
small local outfit here in Cincinnati, then more 
recently in Chicago, where I worked as a systems 
analyst for a software developer. When the 
recession caught up with us, like so many I 
suddenly found myself unemployed. I moved 
back to Cincinnati where — after much fruitless 
interviewing — I started my own PC consulting 
practice. That was nine months ago. It's been 
really tough, but I'm having a great time! I also 

have been involved in quite a bit of volunteer 
work since I've been back. One such organiza- 
tion that I'm particularly proud to be associated 
with is the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, in 
which area professionals spend time with local 
kids from inner-city schools. This is very im- 
portant to these kids, as they generally come 
from single-parent homes where they have little 
or no guidance from adults, and the failure and 
dropout rate among these kids is staggering. I 
hope that if anyone finds themselves in or near 
Cincinnati that they will not hesitate to look 
me up." 


Abby Locke Castle, Secretary 
7396 Kingsbury Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130 

T In early March, St. Louis is normally 
wet and cold. This year, the daffodils are in 
bloom and the trees in bud. Seventy-degree 
temperatures with full sun have prevailed, so to 
say spring fever has arrived with a bang is the 
understatement of the century. It seems to be 
running amok through the class, since I heard 
from only a few. However, there were several who 
didn't disappoint me! ▼ Peter Laventis lives 
down the road — literally! Louisville, KY, home 
of the derby and the Louisville Slugger can now 
claim Peter and Shelley Laventis. Peter 
completed his MBA at Vanderbilt, promptly got 
married, and by now is a proud father! They 
were expecting their first child in January. 
Congratulations! He is a commercial property 
manager for a local real estate developer. (As I 
recall, Pete was one of the few, the proud, who 
thought that anything east of Pittsfield, MA, was 
Indian country.) Yes, another convert! T Sergio 
Obadia writes from his new home in Wayne, PA, 
that no news is good news. T Cynthia Pfeiffer 
wrote not only to correct me on my spelling 
(where are you when I need you, Meech?) but 
also to correct me on the name of her medical 
school. (She is at Medical College of Virginia.) 
She spent the holidays in Newburyport with main 
squeeze Doug and the rents. Sends her best to 
all. ▼ Jennifer Malamud Schaeffer still hasn't 
answered my question on whether she is still 
dancing. She is currently branch manager, 
Fidelity Investments, in Boston's Tony Back Bay. 
She and husband Bob live in Swampscott. She 
sends special hellos to Lisa Louden, Squirrel, 
Brandli and Ris. She and Bob had a great time 
at Reunion. Vinca, where were you? Terrence, 
where were you? T Pong Suksangium writes 
that he was married on January 17th (congratula- 
tions Pongo), but failed to mention his lovely 
bride's name! This smacks of male chauvinism, 
Pong. Although I am sure it was just an over- 
sight! Drop us another line so that we can 

include her in our large family! T I was pleased 
that we finally heard from Superman himself, 
Benjamin Frost! By now he and his family (wife 
Kathy, daughter Greta and son Matthew) have 
moved to southern New Hampshire. Kathy has 
been promoted to Branch Manager in the 
Manchester, NH, office of Crawford Health & 
Rehabilitation. Ben sounded thrilled to be 
moving back to New England, even though he 
will have to finish his first year of law school at 
Cornell long distance. Second and final year will 
be at a Boston area school. His question is, 
"Where the heck is Paul Carter?" ▼ Susan 
Perry writes that both she and husband Brad are 
busy with graduate school. She began her Ph.D. 
in September, 1991, and Brad is beginning his 
master's (architecture, I think) in September, 
1992. The house in Nantucket still needs some 
nails, but she sends out invitations for all to call 
and come by if you are on the island over the 
summer. Special hellos to Kao'l and Antea, as 
well as Jenny (Graf) Steward and the new baby! 
Speaking of that new baby (it must be about 6 
months old), Jenny, take time out to tell us what 
"it" is and subscribe "it" a name! Thanks! T 
Tim Stetson (the gorgeous hunk from the class 
of '82) is working for Outward Bound in Florida 
(winter) and Maine (summer). Yes, I know, I'm 
exploiting him for his looks. Just like those poor 
models in the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated 
are exploited! Not! T Benay Lazo has just 
returned from a month-long vacation in 
Guatemala. My first thought was sunning, 
swimming, luxuriating, right? Wrong! This 
woman is determined! She spent her vacation 
with a Guatemalan family. (Who spoke no 
English; Benay doesn't speak Spanish, either.) Or 
at least she didn't when she left. However, she 
spent the month being tutored in Spanish. The 
experience in seeing how these people lives was 
incredible for her, and I applaud her for caring 
so much about mankind that she would spend 
her vacation learning about other cultures. She's 
right, we live in a global society, and we need to 
be aware about other cultures, as well as the 
cultures in our own backyard that we don't 
experience (homelessness, AIDS, abuse, etc...). 
T I picked up some information about classmate 
Doug Brown from one of my reporters. He lives 
in the Bay area and is now a prosecuting attor- 
ney. Do you like trial law, Doug? More exciting 
than pushing paper? And if the rumor is true 
that you still have a girlfriend in Beantown, 
please call me with tips on how to deal with a 
long-distance relationship. I'm not getting an 
"F", but I'm not at the top of the class either. ▼ 
77 (Tbm Johnson) is still in the Boston area and 
is evidently working overtime at a software 
company. T Who remembers Juan Montelgro, 
and who wants to hazard a guess as to what he's 
up to? T Aro (Richard Aronosian) called me a 

38 The Archon - Spring 1992 

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few weeks ago, and we had a long chat (once I 
figured out who was on the other end of the 
line). He is in Tampa, enjoying the traffic of 
young women at spring break. He had a great 
time at reunion, and was pleased to see such a 
great turnout of classmates. He made a profound 
comment: "GDA is just a mass of buildings on a 
small patch of land in a small world of its own. It 
is nothing without people, such as ourselves, who 
met there ten years ago, and who cemented 
friendships and relationships that will be with us 
forever. Now we have a larger, extended family 
with husbands, wives and children, to whom we 
can extend those friendships and relationships." 
T My schedule keeps me at the office, working 
ten hour days (probably why I'm not getting an 
"A" at my relationship), but I am off to Eastern 
Germany and Prague for vacation. Hope it's 
exciting! Come April, I will be at the office less, 
but in my garden more. Yea! My question is, 
where is Tbny Tbmmasi? 


10th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

John B. A. Nye, Secretary 
Harding Road, RR 4, Box 517, Clinton, NY 13323 

T Claire Dober Danaher begins this 
segment, as I received her card just after the 
deadline for the last issue. She is working as a 
researcher in the Development Office of the 
Points of Light Foundation (promoting 
volunteerism). Husband Bill is attending Virginia 
Theological Seminary, becoming an Episcopal 
Priest. They are living outside D.C., and are 
"happy, healthy and hardy." T Armed with an 
MBA, Chris Swenson is working as an analyst in 
the equity research department for Tucker 
Anthony in Boston. T John Krigbaum attended 
Chris' wedding December 28th. He and Priscilla 
live in Newton. ▼ A proud father of three, Jeff 
Leavitt and wife Sherry are looking forward to 
reunions. Jeff boasts, "So far [I'm] still employed, 
and I've got a good start on a beer belly." Way to 
go, Jeff! ▼ Bobby Low's burnin' up the phone 
lines. He and Trina Chiara are working on 
festivities for the 10th. T Jon Andrews is still in 
Alaska, says Bob. Dave Schwartz just visited 
him for the weekend recently. Bob is "enjoying" 
a mid-life crisis, and is reputedly quite a hot 
RAP-DJ on the mid-Connecticut radio station 
W-LOW. He sleeps with his dog. T Demetri 
Valhouli is a surfer dude and law student in San 
Diego. Word has it he's still trying to catch the 
little ole lady from Pasadena. T Bill Hutchinson 
writes, "I am currently employed at NBD Bank, 
N.A. as a credit analyst. I got my MBA in finance 
from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 
June, 1991." Andy, Natche, Shiloh, Buddha, 
Larry, Sloan: "Write Me!" ▼ Heather Vickers 

Classmates: Scott Holloway, Michellle Montrone and Matt Teborek, all from the class of '82, enjoying 
the New York reception in February. 

Classmates and Spouses: Madelyn and Dave Schwartz '82 join Claire Dober '82 and husband Phil 
Danaher in Washington. 

The Archon - Spring 1992 39 


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Class Notes 

writes, "Although NYU Business School has been 
less than a picnic academically, I've had a great 
time curating a college buddy's art exhibit in the 
school's lobby space with a fun opening that 
followed. Then, there was a national business 
school competition hosted by Dartmouth in 
which I participated... and didn't fall. Looking 
forward to Reunion!" T Kathy and John Nye are 
moving to Pennsylvania. John will begin working 
for an American antique furniture dealer May 
11th. "We're expecting a baby in August." T 
Billy Dee is thinking about opening a "Hair 
Care for Men" franchise in the greater Boston 
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Teborek and Scott Holloway with classmates 
Michelle Montrone and Barbara Mackay-Smith 
at the New York reception. 


Rebecca B. Lapham, Secretary 

Salem House Apartment 6, 7 Beverly Commons Drive 

Beverly, MA 01915 

▼ Phil Appleton writes, "Still working in 
and around New Jersey for an environmental 
firm. Bought a kayak a couple of weeks ago — 
and still haven't figured out how to roll it back 
upright yet." T Got together with Tbm Malay 
last summer and ended up going bungee jump- 
ing. Kicked and screamed the whole way down 
— actually all three times down. Tom's up at 
UNH now working on his Masters in 
Engineering. T More exciting news from Heidi 
Heasley, who says all sorts of stuff is going on. 
Recently moved to Hartford, CT, to take a job at 
Conning & Company, an investment banking/ 
wholesaling company specializing in the insur- 
ance industry. "My free time is taken up by 
studying for actuarial exams and planning my 
upcoming wedding (August, 1992) to Charlie 

Ford, an actuary who was introduced to me by, 
of all people, by brother Cressler ('86)." They 
were both in a final club together at Harvard. T 
John Sylvain writes: "I graduated in 1987 from 
Yale University, where I majored in film, and was 
president of the Timothy Dwight Dramatic 
Association. In 1987, I moved to Seattle and 
founded Annex Theater, a small alternative 
Theater dedicated to new plays and new ideas. 
By 1991, Annex has become one of the most 
successful venues in the city. I hope all are well, 
and I hope to see people at the 10th." T Bart 
Colder has left Fasfax Corporation, and now 
works for Sun Microsystems, makers of high- 
performance networked engineering workstations 
and file servers. "It is a really cool company, and 
I'm working on the next desktop environment for 
Sun (sort of like the Mac of MS Windows for the 
PC). The people are smart, and the work is fun. 
What more could I want? I am commuting to 
Billerica currently but will be moving to 
Massachusetts as soon as I find an acceptable 
place to live (OK, I could want a nice place to 
live). Anyway, hope everything is going well with 
everyone. Take care." ▼ I also had a chance to 
speak with Will Adams, who is in the real estate 
business and is engaged to be married on August 
29, 1992 to Jill Hodge. Jill works in Boston, and 
is originally from Oklahoma City, OK. Will 
mentioned that he speaks with Dave Hoffman 
and John Gibbs, who are living in Newton these 
days. Dave is working for Ingalls, Quinn & John- 
son in Boston on Boylston Street. He says his 
accounts with T.J. Max and Converse keep him 
very busy. John works for the Lever Co., and is 
enjoying himself immensely. ▼ Drew Hoffman 
just returned from a ski vacation in the South- 
west, and had a great time. Drew works at Akerly 
Communications, and is looking forward to being 
in Will's wedding along with David. ▼ Unfortun- 
ately, I was unable to talk with David Ayyer, but 
I left a message for him on his voice mail. Sorry 
I missed you, David. T Jim Bernier is home for 
a week during spring break from graduate 
school. He is finishing his first year at Carnegie 
Mellon University for business, and looks forward 
to a summer internship in New York or Marble- 
head. Good luck, Jim. T I tried calling John 
Borgman, and found out that his number had 
been disconnected. Where are you, John? T 
Sarah Bradshaw is coming out to the Boston 
area from March 30 to April 3, and then is 
traveling down to Washington, where there is a 
pro-life march being held. She mentioned that 
David Agger bumped into Andre La Fleur when 
he was in California traveling all the way from 
Australia. T David Dow is working at Knight 
Insurance on Boylston street in Boston, where 
the company mostly deals with college tuitions. 
He has been enjoying his job since 1988. 

▼ Karen Fasciano just left to go to England to 
visit old friends and take a little vacation. T Her 
roommate Karen Gronberg is on vacation also, 
and says "hi" to everyone. T I was able to reach 
Chris Frangos at the Commodore in Beverly. He 
is playing in a band called Milk, that has a con- 
tract with Atlantic Records, and opened for Little 
Feat in New York City and Ithaca, New York. 
He's back off to Ithaca to do a recording with 
MILK in a few days. Chris' love is still jazz. It 
was great talking to everybody and if you wrote 
me back on the note card thank you, it was 
greatly appreciated. Have a great summer, and 
take care! 


Christine I. Romboletti, Secretary 
6618 East Wakfield Drive, Bl, Alexandria, VA 22307 

T There was a less bountiful flow of news 
from our classmates this time around. However, 
there was some super news from Elizabeth 
(Kimball) Williams! She and her husband are 
expecting their first child at the end of March, 
1992! She continues to work at InterVarsity 
Christian Fellowship with students from Tufts 
University. With the baby due any day, Liz says she 
plans to take the summer off and then begin work 
again in the fall. I know the class joins me in 
wishing the Williamses all the best! T Michael 
Leary says that all continues to be well in New 
Hampshire, and says "Hello!" to the class. 

▼ Allison Hagstrom, who has been living in 
California for over a year now, sends word of her 
progress. She is currently working at a San Diego- 
based medical research and development company 
called Hybritech. She truly loves the West Coast, 
and hopes to return to graduate school next year. 
She misses hearing from the class, and says she is 
still enjoying jogging and running! ▼ Dan Nye 
also writes to tell us that he continues to work at 
Procter and Gamble, in their pharmaceutical 
division. He and fiance Meagan continue to make 
arrangements for their June wedding. T Jennifer 
Norris is currently attending Lesley College 
Graduate School, getting her masters in education 
in middle school (grades 5-9), with certification in 
social studies. She is also getting married in June 
to Taine Pechet (B B & N '83, Harvard College 
'88, Harvard Medical School '92). Taine will be 
starting a surgical residency at Brigham and 
Women's Hospital, so they will be living in 
Brookline or thereabouts, convenient to the 
medical area and where Jennifer will be teaching 
in Weston. She sees Hilary Seward regularly, and 
saw Charlotte Johnson recently. ▼ As for me, I 
am looking forward to a spring addition to our 
family — a puppy! We plan to get this "new 
addition," a nine-week old Shetland Sheepdog 
(also known as a "Sheltie"), in early April. We 

40 The Archon - Spring 1992 


expect it will be a challenge and a joy! I wish 
everyone a safe and healthy summer! I hope to 
hear all about everyone's adventures and vacations 
next fall. 


Katrina Russo Ramsey, Secretary 
2 Old Stagecoach Drive, Monson, MA 01057 

T The Class of '85 is alive and well — 
working, traveling, studying, getting married and 
starting families. As for me and my husband 
Steve, we have a new puppy. She's a golden 
retriever, and quite a lot of fun. T Daniel 
Carlson is engaged to be married on June 27, 
1992. He is living in San Francisco, and trading 
stocks on the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange with 
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jarette Securities. ▼ 
Denny Gately has recently become engaged to 
Noelle Good. They are planning a wedding in 
October. Other than that, Denny reports that he's 
half-way through his Ph.D. program, and says 
"Hi" to all. Joshua Holden (previously Hooker) 
is working on his master's in science 
(hydrogeology) in Rhode Island, and hopes to 
finish in June or July. Pete Condon, if you're out 
there, drop Josh a note in Rockport. ▼ Raquel 
Ardito-Barletta writes, "Hi! I'm still living in 
Panama, working at BB&M Lintas Worldwide 
Advertising Agency as an account executive and 
basically having a good time. I was up in New 
Orleans visiting Victoria deLisle (Vicky) before 
she got to my brother's wedding scheduled the 
same day. As I write this, I understand that Reese 
Fisher is here in Panama, hopefully I'll get to 
see him. It's a small world after all ... By the 
way, what's David Starensier up to? For now, I 
plan to stay here for a while so if any of you 
would like to visit, just call (507) 26-0264." T To 
answer your question, Raquel, David Starensier 
is living in Aspen, CO, and has been for the last 
three years. He's doing consulting and sales for a 
telecommunications company, in between skiing, 
mountain biking and hiking. Dave is loving life in 
Colorado, and says he'll probably never leave. He 
hopes everyone's doing well. T Sean Fleming is 
hanging out in Chicago, getting his Ph.D. in 
physics. He'll be starting his research in June — 
looks like he's getting into the theoretical branch 
of condensed matter physics (i.e. computer 
simulation of magnetic vortices on high Tc 
superconductors). Wow! ▼ Rob Cloutier is still 
alive. He's a first year medical student at 
University of Vermont. He's up to his armpits in 
work, but wouldn't want to be anywhere else. 
Vermont is a beautiful place to go to school. Rob 
is living with his girlfriend, who is also a first- 
year med student and went to college with him. 
He says he doesn't know what kind of doctor he 
wants to be, it just depends on the day of the 

week. (Just remember, Rob, when it comes time 
to prescribe meds, your Class Secretary works for 
Merck.) ▼ Roslyn Pechet is working for Carole 
Korn Interiors, Inc., doing residential interiors of 
$200,000.00 and up. Roslyn says it's fun, and I'd 
tend to agree — spending other people's money 
is great! T Alex Konovalchick is still in 
Waltham with his wife Sheila, teaching at Chapel 
Hill— Chauncy Hall School. T Dinah Daley is 
keeping busy working in the stock market world 
in Boston. T She had dinner with Meredith 
Lazo recently, who just survived her first semes- 
ter at Harvard Business School. ▼ Esmee 
Huggard reports that all is well in San Francis- 
co. She's working at Nestle as a communications 
specialist. Es went skiing with Sean Mahoney 
one weekend in Lake Tahoe. T And . . . Mike 
Huggard is doing great and says hello to all! 
▼ Nathalie Ames says that everything's going 
well in Chicago. She's still working at the 
Munson Foundation, giving grants to many 
interesting environmental groups. Nathalie has 
been playing a lot of paddle tennis, and spending 
time volunteering at the Lincoln Park Zoo. She's 
planning a visit to Boston this spring to see 
family and friends. ▼ Quinn Pollock is back 
working at GDA in the Development Office, 
submersed in the task of organizing events and 
class agents, while surviving yet another knee 
operation. T Bevin Cherot is "finally getting the 
hell out of B.U. this May." He's going to Army 
flight school at Ft. Rucker, AL, this summer. 
Bevin will be commissioned as a 2Lt. at 
graduation. He says it's taken him so long to 
graduate because he took two-and-a-half years off 
in the Army Rangers. He got his Green to Gold 
Scholarship, and now is finally off to flight 
school. Bevin says it's nice to have a job in these 
economic times. Bevin also asked for George 
Hasapadis' address: Here you go: T George 
Hasapadis writes, "Greeting from the heart of 
Dixie! I'm back from Korea (since last August), 
and alive and well in Alabama. Life is good down 
here. I'm finishing up some professional school- 
ing, and next month I'll be a full-time pilot 
again, still here in Alabama. My new address is : 
107 Livingston Street, Daleville, AL 36322." ▼ 
Chris Chance is living in San Francisco, and 
says she finally found a job teaching emotionally 
disturbed kids in a day treatment program. ▼ 
Paula Goldberg will be attending Harvard 
Business School this fall, and is looking forward 
to seeing her classmate Jeff Taft who will be 
getting his LLM at Harvard. Our sincere sym- 
pathy goes out to Paula, her mother died of 
cancer in February. Paula, our thoughts and 
prayers are with you. I guess that's all for now. 
Take it easy everyone and keep in touch! 


Monique M. Duggan, Secretary 
217 Mallets Bay Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446 

T Anne Pollock Briggs is living in Ports- 
mouth, NH, and is working at Casco Northern 
Bank as a real estate loan review associate. She 
says her career and married life keep her very 
busy, but she still finds time for tennis and 
skiing. She hopes the class of '86 is enjoying life. 
T Kim Carey is in her first year of graduate 
school at UNH for early childhood education, 
and hopes to teach primary school. She has seen 
Hedi Dur, Kim Mooney, Lee Hayman and Julie 
Adams. Her brother is a sophomore at GDA, so 
she is frequently on campus. ▼ Dianna Gerren 
is in Austin, TX, and works as an associate food 
and beverage director for Holiday Inn Hotels. 
She has been in love for two years, and has 
submitted to domesticity! T She has heard from 
Raul Valdes-Fauli, who is in the Peace Corps, 
and seems to be very happy. T Melissa Dyer is 
getting married to her college sweetheart in 
January, 1993. She is studying pharmacy at the 
University of Virginia. She also saw Steve 
Breiseth at the William & Mary homecoming. 
T Vicky Krasnekevich is working in NYC for 
National Video Industries. In March, she was art 
director for a music video. T Gene Taft has 
moved to the city as well. Vicky has also seen 
Reese Fisher, who was attending Columbia 
University for his second graduate degree, and is 
now traveling all over. She also saw Mike Jasse 
working in a restaurant in the city. T Mark 
Thompson is still working at Nestle in the 
productivity team. He travels all over the USA to 
different Nestle plants. He wishes he could have 
come to reunion last year, but work would not 
allow it. T Jennifer Glesmann finished her 
internship at Brookwood, and got a job as the 
assistant fourth grade teacher at Glen Urquhart 
School. She is still on the job hunt for a full-time 
teaching job, but will miss Glen Urquhart if she 
leaves. T Greg Freidman is in the United States 
Army and is in jet training in Kingsville, TX. In 
1990, he graduated from Embry Riddle 
Aeronautical University, and was married on May 
27, 1990. His future includes children, flying 
F-18s or F-14s, and then off to the airlines. T 
Beau Jones is working for an investment firm in 
Boston, and is doing part-time modeling for 
Hanes Underwear. If the modeling career takes 
off, he will say good-bye to the bank job! T Eric 
Krukonis is in his second year of graduate 
school at Tufts studying Molecular Biology. He is 
getting married in August to his girlfriend/fiance 
of five and a half years, who he met at Rice 
University. T Pamela Bostwick Coakley 
graduated from Saint Michaels with a degree in 
elementary education. She is working as a 

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Class Notes 

preschool teacher in Falmouth, MA, and loves it. 
She would like to work towards her master's in 
special education this summer. She married a 
wonderful guy last May, and loves married life. ▼ 
Nikki Truman is in Durham, NH, studying for 
her master's in business at UNH. She has seen 
Kim Carey and John Bailley who is in his 
second year of the MBA program. She hasn't 
been able to skate as much but is finding time 
for skiing. ▼ Jason Katsapetses is working as an 
accountant for his dad's firm. T Paul Nardone 
and John Huard are still working together for 
New England snacks and are doing great. ▼ Rob 
Studley is working for Johnson & Higgins in 
Wellsley, MA, as an insurance broker. ▼ Amy 
Whynott is studying child psychology at Boston 
University. ▼ Tbdd Smith is teaching special 
education at a private school in Fort 
Washington, PA. He misses our class, and says 
that if anyone is in the Philadelphia area, please 
look him up! T Monique Duggan is no longer 
working for the mail-order company where she 
has been for the last one and a half years. ▼ My 
husband and I are renting a house in Vermont, 
and I am on the job hunt again. I really 
appreciate all of you who returned the card and 
let me know what you are doing in your lives. If 
anyone else would like to get in touch with me to 
tell me what they are up to, send a note or letter 
to me at the above address. Thanks! T Derric 
Small (#11) Where Are You???????? ▼ Noah 
Wendler graduated from BU with a degree in 
English. After rejecting offers at both the Wall 
Street Journal and The Washington Post, he was 
planning on studying at Oxford, but decided to 
travel across the United States with his trusty 
companion Otis (a champion chocolate lab 
retriever) and his diary. His destination is Moab, 
UT, the mountain biking capital of the world. 
Living with Beau Jones, he says, was a true 
adventure, and could not begin to categorize all 
the lessons of life that Beau taught him. The 
most important lesson was: "Do what you love 
and love what you do." He feels Beau is a true 
champion. If anyone is ever out in Moab, please 
do not hesitate to look him up. His final words 
were, "True greatness can only be achieved by 
traveling the roads less traveled. Peace!" (Sorry 
Noah, but Beau did go to my wedding!) 


5th Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Amy F. Mack, Secretary 
16 Coleman Road, By field, MA 01922 

T Jim Andriotakis is living the life of a 
wild city boy in NYC working at Mt. Sinai 
Hospital as an orderly. No, not an orderly, I'm 
sorry — he's actually doing some pretty neat stuff 
with DNA — whose I don't know. He is very 
excited for Reunion, which he will definitely be 
attending. ▼ He's been in touch with Andy 
Rockwell who is surfin' it up in California, and is 
still considering making it out to the East Coast 
for Reunion — right Rocky? ▼ Lucy Armstrong 
is working for a money management company in 
Boston, and living there with friends from 
college. She is planning a trip to Colorado to ski 
at the end of March, and has invited us all! 
Actually, she hasn't. T Anita Russo — ok, 
Bartschat now — writes that married life is great. 
She just returned from three weeks of skiing in 
Switzerland, so no wonder. She's living in 
Stamford, CT, and working as a substitute 
teacher. She saw Lisa Dilorio at Sunday River, 
ME, and reports that she is fine, and is playing 
lacrosse with a Boston team. ▼ John Brennan 
has big news: he's currently working in Russia 
and has gotten married there, congratulations, 
John! ▼ Rob Delena is in the Boston area, and 
was accepted at Northeastern Law School for the 
fall term. He, too, is ready for Reunion. He sees 
Greg Waldman, Kip Brown and Taylor Twining 
around town. ▼ Pam Chase writes from 
Burlington, VT, that she is teaching a sixth grade 
class, and coached seventh and eighth grade 
basketball this winter, leading them to their first 
victory in years. In the spring, she will be 
assistant coach to the track and field team. ▼ 
Lisa Carrigg is living in NYC near Ross Shain 
and Jason Moloney. She is working for a film 
company down there and having a good time. 
▼ Tbdd Crabtree is skiing the winter away out in 
Jackson Hole, WY, and sees Lyndsay Rowan 
often. He is flying in for the weekend, and will 
be in Hilton Head soon for Ric Woodie's 
wedding! Lyndsay is working for the mountain 
photographers and having a blast, despite the 
mice she keeps finding in her car! T Buzz 
Crocker is in touch from Seattle, WA, and is 
expected to play at Reunion. He's enjoying the 
West Coast, but can't wait to visit New England 
again. Right Buzz? T Jeff Fort is living in Park 
City, UT, and has started his own business, 
designing and building salt water aquarium filter 
systems... and skiing. ▼ Nate Greene also writes 
with regrets. He cannot make it to Reunion 
because he graduates from college on the 13th. 
He promises to bring Jason Kneissler along with 
him to the 10th. It was great to hear from Jeff 
and Nate. T Amy Goldstein is getting her 
master's in education at the University of 
Virginia. Good luck to her. ▼ Jeff Katz received 

his degree in economics from Syracuse, and is 
hoping to attend graduate school for his Ph.D. 
T John Fosdick is a representative for Phoenix 
Mutual in Boston, living at home and looking 
forward to Reunion '92. T Tbm (Duper) Jansen 
is busy with his music in Rhode Island and is 
ready to play with the Music Guild at Reunion 
with Ross Shain, Buzz Crocker and Chris 
McMorris, who is working and living in New 
York. T Kris Kobialka will be working as a park 
ranger out of Salem, after working at Hammond 
Castle in Gloucester. Hopefully, she will be 
singing with the Music Guild in June. T Kristen 
Labrie is finishing her degree at Union College 
and will be graduating on our Reunion weekend 
Congratulations, Kristen! T Paula McCarthy 
writes from San Francisco, where she just moved, 
and reports that she can't wait for Reunion. 
She'll be making a special trip for it. T Jerome 
Montrone has been working in Japan for the 
past year and will be there for another year. T 
David Naumann is job hunting in Austin after 
(finally!) receiving his degree from UT. in 
December. I just know that "Tex" will do all he 
can to join us in June. T Karen Patton is 
leading the "Aussie" life down under. She writes 
that Australia is incredible, but she'll return to 
the states to see us at Reunion. T John Roach 
writes from L.A., where he is working as an 
executive trainee at Broadway Department 
Stores. He attended a GDA reception in southern 
California, where he still boasted, "Broncos rule 
Giants," to Peter Bragdon. ▼ Diana Stram is 
still toughing it out in Africa for the Peace 
Corps. Two years is a long time, and we all wish 
her the best of luck and will miss her in June. 
T Jenn Tbdd is living in Beverly, working as a 
customer service coordinator at Medtronics 
International Vascular. She sees Kris Kobialka, 
Anne Blair, Jenn Griffin and Sue Brackbill, 
who are all in the area. T Doug Wezniak writes 
from the beach in New Jersey, where he works as 
a stockbroker at an investment banking firm. 
Unfortunately, he'll have to miss reunion — June 
14th he marries his fiancee, Sharon. Congratula- 
tions Doug! Well, after all that exciting news I 
feel boring. I'm still living in Byfield and 
working at GDA, writing this Archon actually, 
and coaching JV lacrosse. I'm waiting to hear 
from graduate school, as so many of us are, and 
saving all the money I can. It's strange to be 
back at GDA, on the "inside" — very interesting. 
At least I can guarantee a great Reunion! 
Needless to say, I hope everyone can try and 
make it back to campus in June — Remember, it 
will be five years until the next one! 

42 The Archon - Spring 1992 



Meganne E. Murphy, Secretary 
29 Blue Ridge Road, North Andover, MA 01845 

▼ Shawn Gager has recently been named 
ECAC player of the year for the 1991-92 season, 
and "is thrilled." Shawn writes, "It's such a great 
way to end a career. I was also a co-captain of 
this year's team. As a class agent, I apologize 
because I haven't written to the class of '88 in a 
while because I spent spring semester in Sydney, 
Australia partying it up! I'll be graduating from 
Colby in May, and have no idea what to do after 
I get out." 


Jennifer L. Katz, Secretary 
5 Dennison Road, Apartment C6, Durham, NH 03824 


Margo L. Doyle, Secretary 
26 Locust Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 

T Brian Payne is a member of the 1992 
Lake Forest College men's lacrosse team. 


Nicole F. LaTour, Secretary 
4 Pelham Road, Weston, MA 02193 

T Well looks like the Class of '91 has 
survived freshman year. I just got back from 
spring break, where I baked in the St. Maarten 
sun! It's spring term, and Union will be in 
session until June. I often see Chuck Rodman 
often who is doing well and pledging Fiji. Ruby 
Van Loan and Easton Craft both came to 
Union, where we had a fun time mudsliding. 
T Speaking of vacations, Megan Price decided 
she had enough sun in Ohio — so instead of 
heading south she had her tonsils out. Hope 
you're feeling better, Meg! ▼ Jef Santonelli went 
to Ft. Meyers for break and tried bungee 
jumping. He recommends it to anyone (Reunion 
idea?). ▼ Leah Colangelo also did some 
traveling. She went out to California to see Scott 
McLeod at USC, where they went to a formal on 
Catalina Island. Scott went down to Tulane to 
visit Mike Awn for Mardi Gras. Also at the 
festivities where Chris Troianello, Easton Craft 
and Beans. T Rumor has it that "crazy" Regan 
Jones was also at the parade, making another 
memorable appearance. ▼ Lindsey Miller is still 

Parents and the Headmaster: Beverly Grant P'94, Judy and Walter Kirch P'92 and George Grant P'94 
pose with Peter Bragdon at the New York City reception. 

Parents of the '90s: Linda (Yeagley) and Dick 
Naedel P'90 '93 enjoy the D.C. reception. 

loving Trinity and playing Lax. She's also talked 
to Brian Novelline, who is having a great time at 
Dartmouth and playing baseball. T Alexis Colby 
finished another successful track season at 
Trinity, and is looking forward to spring track. T 
Karen Queen made the Lax team at Tufts, and is 
having a great time. ▼ Catherine Tuthill made 
the Lax team at Georgetown, where she plays 
with Margo Doyle '90. T Leslie McCant lead 
the Lafayette College Leopards to a second-place 
finish at Patriot League Indoor Track Champion- 
ships. Leslie won the 500-meter dash with a time 
of 1:18.86. She was also on the mile relay team 
that captured the Patriot League Championship 
and set the school record at 4:05.37. Leslie is a 
government and law major and is doing well. ▼ 
Andy Mack has made it through his freshman 
year at VMI, and is finally having fun in the 
warm Virginia weather. T Michael Quimby is 
attending Utica College of Syracuse University 
and is working as a disc jockey. T Liza 
Loughman is still rooming with Brien Bourn at 
B.U. They keep in touch with Bethany Stewart, 
and are having a great time on Commonwealth 
Ave. Ruby told me Jake Atwood was annoyed he 
wasn't in the notes — he's taking classes at 
Skidmore I guess . . . but I wouldn't know. The 
moral of the story: return the postcards. Well, I 
wish everybody the greatest summer — I'll be on 
the Cape, so stop by if you're around. I hope I'll 
hear from everybody soon! jsga 

The Archon - Spring 1992 43 

From #te Alumni Council 

by John S. Mercer 

How does one measure success for 
Class Secretaries? 

For many years, Governor Dummer 
Academy rewarded and recognized the ef- 
forts of its outstanding Class Agents with 
bowl awards, given to those who had raised 
the most money or had promoted the high- 
est class participation. This year, the Alum- 
ni Council has inaugurated an annual award 
for Class Secretaries: "The Outstanding 
Class Secretary Award." On Reunion 
Weekend, the award will be presented 
Saturday, June 13, during the Annual 
Meeting of Alumni, along with the fund- 
raising bowls for the Reunion Classes. 

Since Class Agent efforts are results 
oriented, it is easy to decide who will 
receive bowls at the end of the year. It 
became painfully apparent to the Alumni 
Council members that judging the success 
of Class Secretaries would require very dif- 
ferent criteria. 

Why did we decide to create the 
award? Since Peter Bragdon's arrival at 
Governor Dummer in 1983, the Academy 
has made great strides in fund-raising. The 
volunteer fund-raising system has worked at 
the Academy primarily because alumni and 
alumnae have been willing to work hard, 
and have been recognized for their hard 

In many ways, the work of the Class 
Secretary is more difficult than that of the 
Agent, and because good results are not 
necessarily quantifiable, we often forget 
those who make strong efforts to keep class 
unity, goodwill and friendship alive. The 
activism of many of our Class Secretaries 
rivals that of some of the best Class Agents. 
Just as fund-raising has improved over time, 
the reporting and communication of alumni 
also has been brought to higher levels. 

I came to serve as Alumni President 
initially because of my involvement with my 
class as Secretary. As my role as Class 
Secretary developed, I continued to hear in- 
teresting stories from my classmates. In fact, 
one classmate's ascendance to Great Bri- 
tain's Parliament is chronicled elsewhere in 
this issue. His is not the only life that has 
taken unpredictable turns. Other alumni, 
from my era and others, have discovered 
that Governor Dummer was only the begin- 
ning of a gratifying journey in career, family 
and personal development. 

Each year, I would pull all three 
Archon issues together and count the 
number of classmates who had responded 
to my missives. In those years when I sub- 
mitted three columns of Class Notes, I was 
disappointed to find that in spite of the 
small size of my class, I had heard from less 
than half of my classmates. 

The job of Class Secretary requires an 
audience that is as willing to read details of 
a seemingly uneventful life as it is to hear 
about one who appears to be blazing trails. 
It has long been believed that those who 
come back to Reunion, attend other alumni 
functions and submit news about them- 
selves are the ones who are proud of what 
they have accomplished. I don't buy it. 

Here is where the Class Secretary 
makes the difference. Friendship, creativity 
and an honest desire to learn about peo- 
ple's lives all contribute to an environment 
that makes people feel comfortable about 
themselves, regardless of the magnitude of 
their successes. The most effective 
Secretaries create that environment. 

Just as the future of Governor 
Dummer Academy rests with the skill and 
quality of our Class Agents, it also relies 
upon Class Secretaries, who make us feel 
good about ourselves, about one another 
and about our school. Only friendship can 
break the barriers that age and economics 
seem to build up among us. And that is 
precisely why the job of Class Secretary is 
so important: because they are entrusted 
with the task of maintaining those friend- 
ships. Recognition for these Class Secre- 
taries and their hard work is long overdue. 

This year's recipient and the five 
runners-up certainly have done their job in 
promoting goodwill among us. igga 

44 The Archon - Spring 1992 

Give Blood 

Come to 

Still not sure about coming to Reunion '92? A few little 
mosquitoes still got you worried? Relax — those reports about 
locals spotting mosquitoes the size of condors haven't even 
been confirmed yet. (The lab says we'll hear soon.) 

Just look at what you'd be missing: _^Jti£~- 


5:30 p.m. Cocktail Party, Kaiser Arts Center Terrace. Artists on 

display: James McClellan '28, sculptor, and Rosalyn Weene, 


7:00 p.m. Special Reunion Buffet Dinner, Jacob Dining Hall, 

Phillips Building. All Reunion Classes and faculty 

are invited. 
Class of '77 Dinner Party, hosted by Michelle 

Marean, Marblehead 
Class of '87 Dinner at the Armstrongs' home, Byfield, followed 

by evening out in Newburyport 

8:30 p.m. "Imagery in Sculpture 1 ' A conversation and 
presentation of his works by James McClellan '28, Youngman 
Gallery, Kaiser Arts Center 

9:00 p.m. "A Little Night Music," entertainment, Cobb Room, 

Phillips Building 

Evening Social in the Phillips Building. Coffee, cocktails and 

dessert available throughout the evening. 
Class of '82 Night Out in Newburyport 
Class of '67 Party in the French Building 


8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Jacob Dining Hall 

9:00 a.m. Class of '87 Breakfast at the Macks' home, Byfield 
Annual Reunion Pie Race starts at Alumni Gymnasium. 

Run 5 miles under 40 minutes and win a fresh pie. 

Hosted by Coach David Abusamra. 
9:30 a.m. Alumni Forums led by alumni for alumni. Topics of 
contemporary interest discussed in a semi-structured format, 
with speakers from classes of 1947, 1962 and 1967 

10:15 a.m. Dedication of the Nannie B. Phillips Dormitory, 

Trustee Josiah H. Welch '47 presiding. 

11:00 a.m. Parade of the Classes, led by the Highland Piper 
and hosted by the Alumni Council 

11:15 a.m. Annual Meeting of Alumni under Main Tent, Quad 
Alumni and Class Awards 
Addresses by Headmaster Peter Bragdon 

and Alumni President John Mercer '64 
Roasting the Retirees: Dave Williams and Bill Sperry 

12:15 p.m. Champagne Luncheon for Old Guard Alumni 

with Peter and Dottie Bragdon at the Mansion House 
Buffet Luncheon for all other classes, Main Tent, Quad 

12:30 p.m. Class pictures (throughout lunch) 

1:30 p.m. Class activities: 

Class of '87 vs. '82 softball game 

Class of '67 vs. '77 softball game 

Class of '47 vs. '42 softball game 

Classes of '87, '82, '77, '67, '47, '42 to Ould Newbury 

Golf Course 
Golf, tennis, shopping, antiquing, birding, beaching, 

walking, sightseeing on your own 

2:00 p.m. Narrated Newburyport Harbor Cruise for Old 

Guard through Class of '67 
Over-the-campus airplane tours for all classes 

5:00 p.m. "Imagery in Sculpture" A conversation and 
presentation of his works by James McClellan '28, Youngman 
Gallery, Kaiser Arts Center 

5:30 p.m. Class of '87 Reunion Music Guild, Byfield Bowl 

6:00 p.m. Class of '82 Cocktail Party at Heb Evans' Cottage 

with Al Finn, faculty host 
Class of '77 Cocktail Party at the French Building with 

Steve French 76, host 
Class of '67 Cocktails and Dinner at the Mansion House 

with Peter and Dottie Bragdon, hosts 
Class of '47 Cocktail Party at the home of Joe and Donna 

Welch, Newburyport 
Class of '42 and Old Guard Cocktails and Dinner at Buster 

and Fran Navins' home, Faculty Lane 

7:00 p.m. Traditional New England Clambake under the 

Main Tent for classes 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1972, 1977, 

1982 and 1987. 
8:30 p.m. Class of '87 Party in the French Building with DJ 

and cash bar. 
All other classes: Party and Dancing under the tent with DJ 

and cash bar. 



8:30 a.m. Coffee, danish, and fruit available at 
Reception Center 

10:00 a.m. Reunion Chapel Service featuring the Alumni 
Glee Club, Art Sager and Ben Stone 

11:15 a.m. Farewell Brunch in Jacob Dining Hall 

11:30 a.m. Class of '87 Sunday Brunch in Newburyport 

So take a chance. Have some fun. And bring the bug spray. 

Governor Dummer Academy 

Byfield, MA 01922 

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